Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo

Having battered Deportivo La Coruna 6-0 two weeks ago Atletico Madrid will be keenly awaiting the arrival of another Galician side.

Strangely Atleti emerged with a lot more credit from their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona last Sunday, than they did from their 2-0 loss to Real Madrid earlier in the month. The Rojiblancos at least attacked and stuck to their adventurous style, before eventually being picked off.

“Celta play well and we like them,” remarked boss Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone. “They have good offensive variants, a good dynamic and with Iago Aspas they can be destabilizing in attack.”

Celta have lost two League games 1-0 and won only one of their last six, but showed in their recent Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid that they have what it takes to upset the big boys.

“Falcao is now the world’s best no. 9,” said their Coach Paco Herrera. “He is obviously a very special player, but we will also have to pay close attention to the likes of Diego Costa and Adrian, if he plays.”

Kick off: Friday December 21, 9.00 (BST)