Atlético Madrid 1 - 0 Real Betis Match report - 1/14/17 Primera División - Goal.com
Diego Simeone's men looked a far sterner defensive unit than they did in Tuesday's woeful 3-2 Copa del Rey second-leg defeat to Las Palmas, but going forward looked devoid of craft for long periods. Initially they looked bright in attack and Gaitan, who was given just his fourth league start of the season after impressing on Tuesday, repaid Simeone's faith with the opener.
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Atletico didn’t show out in the match, but manager Diego Simeone was quick to defend his team. Performances aren’t the issue when it comes to paying, it’s the result that matters. Interestingly, he used Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo to drive home his point. When asked about the importance of results vs. performance, here’s what Simeone had to say, via Marca: "Is there any doubt about that?" he replied. "Look at who won the Ballon d’Or."
Aritz Aduriz and Benat Etxebarria will miss Athletic Bilbao’s visit of Atletico Madrid after picking up bans in Saturday’s stalemate with Leganes. Playmaking midfielder Benat and top goalscorer Aduriz both accumulated their fifth yellow cards of the season at Butarque, triggering one-match suspensions that rule the pair out of next weekend.
Atletico Madrid introduced a touching twist to the pre-match formalities on Saturday by inviting their oldest season-ticket holders to be mascots. An experience normally reserved for young fans was turned on its head before the game against Real Betis as a number of elderly supporters took to the pitch instead.
Sporting Gijon have dropped top goalscorer Duje Cop without explanation for Sunday’s visit of Eibar in La Liga. According to La Voz de Asturias, Cop has been punished for causing ructions in Sporting’s dressing room in each of the side’s last two games, despite the Cagliari-owned striker’s six League goals.