NEWS
Sunday May 8 2016
Line-ups: Levante-Atletico

There’s no Antoine Griezmann in Atletico Madrid’s starting XI as they face a must-win game at already-relegated Levante.

Atletico have to win as a defeat coupled with a Barcelona victory at home to Espanyol and anything other than a Real Madrid win at home to Valencia would send the title to Camp Nou.

Diego Simeone’s side are level on points with Luis Enrique’s charges and a point clear of Zinedine Zidane’s men, their Champions League Final opponents.

Griezmann is benched for the game at Ciutat de Valencia, possibly a combination of midweek exertions as Atleti saw off Bayern Munich to reach the final, and also the risk of a yellow card that would keep the France international out of the last game of the season through suspension.

The only other change from the XI that eliminated the Germans has Stefan Savic come in for Diego Godin, who only returned from injury in the Tuesday game.

That means it is Jan Oblak in goal behind Juanfran, Jose Gimenez, Savic and Filipe Luis, with Gabi, Augusto Fernandez, Saul Niguez and Koke in midfield.

Fernando Torres starts and he is partnered by Angel Correa, rather than Griezmann.

Levante, who will be playing in the Segunda next year no matter the outcome of the season’s final two games, have Diego Marino in goal and Pedro Lopez, Carl Medjani, David Navarro and Juanfran in defence.

Verza, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Luis Morales, Mauricio Cuero and Joan Verdu are named in midfield with Victor Casadesus tasked with providing the attacking threat.

Levante: Marino; P. Lopez, Medjani, Navarro, Juanfran; Verza, Lerma, Morales, Cuero, Verdu; Casadesus

Subs: Ruben, I. Lopez, Tono, Simao, Deyverson, Ruben Garcia, Rossi

Atletico: Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Savic, Filipe Luis; Gabi, Augusto, Saul, Koke; Torres, Correa

Subs: Moya, Gamez, Godin, Griezmann, Thomas, Vietto, Carrasco

Referee: Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez

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