Atletico Madrid secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday, with Memphis Depay making his debut for the club.
Highlights- Atletico Madrid Secures Dominant 3-0 Victory over Valladolid in Memphis Depay's Debut
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Antoine Griezmann's performance was a standout, as he provided a sublime assist for the first goal and scored the second himself.
The third goal was scored by Mario Hermoso from a rebound.
The win marks a positive outcome for Atletico, who have had a difficult season in both the league and Europe.
They will face rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday, which is also considered their last chance for silverware this season.
The victory brings Atletico within 10 points of leaders Barcelona, but they have played two extra games.
In addition to Griezmann's outstanding performance, Depay also made an impact in his debut for the club, coming off the bench in the second half.
Despite not scoring or assisting any goals, his presence on the field seemed to invigorate the team and they played with renewed energy.
The match also saw several missed opportunities for Atletico to further increase their lead, with Angel Correa hitting both posts with one shot and Yannick Carrasco coming close on two occasions.
The win was a much-needed boost for Atletico, who have been struggling in the league and were recently eliminated from Europe.
The victory moves them to fourth place in the league and gives them momentum heading into their important match against rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
The match will be not only a derby but also their last realistic chance for silverware this season.
The match also highlighted the importance of Griezmann for Atletico, who has been in excellent form since his return to the club.
His assist for the first goal and his goal in the first half were instrumental in securing the victory for Atletico.
His understanding with Morata up front was also evident, as they were able to create several dangerous chances throughout the match.
It was also a historic debut for Depay, who became the first Dutch player to play for Atletico Madrid.
The signing of Depay has been highly anticipated by the Atletico fans, and his debut was eagerly awaited.
He was given a warm welcome by the fans and was able to show some of his quality after coming off the bench.
His arrival also adds more depth to the squad, which will be vital for the team as they compete on multiple fronts.
Overall, it was a complete performance from Atletico Madrid, and they will look to continue this form as they prepare for their next match against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.