As Simeone dares to be more offensive, Atletico deservedly take a point

La Liga, Matchday 20

Villarreal and Atletico drew 2-2 in a high-scoring encounter at times. The Colchoneros only gained the upper hand when coach Diego Simeone ventured more offensively.

Villarreal suffered a bitter cup defeat at the hands of second division side Gijon during the week, but before that coach Unai Emery’s side had won six consecutive competitive games. Atletico, meanwhile, ended their losing streak at the end of last year shortly after the New Year (2-0 against Rayo) and also celebrated a commanding cup victory against lower-ranked Rayo Majadahonda. Atletico coach Diego Simeone gave ex-Hertha man Matheus Cunha his first start in Villarreal after the Brazilian had come off the bench three times in the league.

Villarreal suffered a bitter cup defeat at the hands of second division side Gijon during the week, but before that coach Unai Emery’s side had won six consecutive competitive games. Atletico, meanwhile, ended their losing streak at the end of last year shortly after the New Year (2-0 against Rayo) and also celebrated a commanding cup victory against lower-ranked Rayo Majadahonda. Atletico coach Diego Simeone gave ex-Hertha man Matheus Cunha his first start in Villarreal after the Brazilian came off the bench three times in the league.