Atletico Madrid to Offer Antoine Griezmann New Deal Amid Barcelona Links

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Griezmann then set up the second goal in the 54th minute with a pinpoint through ball to Spain worldwide Vitolo, who scored his first Liga goal for Atletico since his move from Sevilla.

"Costa was feeling uncomfortable after the knock he received but the doctor will be able to inform everyone better than me", said Simeone.

Atletico Madrid recovered from their defeat by Barcelona in last week's top-of-the-table clash by crushing Celta Vigo 3-0 at home in La Liga on Sunday (March 11) to reduce the gap with the Catalans back down to eight points. Celta are ninth. Barcelona were 2-0 winners at Malaga on Saturday with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho on target, as Lionel Messi missed the game to attend the birth of his third child.

"We went looking for a jump in quality, especially in offensive transitions". Atletico nearly immediately went 2-0 ahead when Griezmann's cleverly disguised reverse pass released Vitolo to clip neatly over goalkeeper Ruben Blanco to the net. 'My desire is to be in with a chance with five games left.

The striker has suffered through a disappointing season which saw his club crash out of the Champions League at the hands of Roma and Chelsea. "Then we will see what happens".

Griezmann's goal yesterday came a minute before the break as he controlled the ball at the back post following a corner and showed some brilliant footwork to take a Celta defender out of the game before firing into the far corner.

The Frenchman produced a great reverse pass to find Vitolo in the penalty area, and he chipped the onrushing Ruben Blanco to double Atleti's lead before Angel Correa rounded the scoring four minutes after coming on as a substitute with a powerful strike.

Having been linked with an exit from the club last summer after interest from both Barca and English club Manchester United; the French worldwide is subject to further speculation as we approach this summer. The teams drew 0-0 in Sevilla in the first leg. Thereafter, Simeone's side will face sixth-placed Villarreal in La Liga.

Forward Gerard Moreno scored a 72nd-minute victor as Espanyol came from behind to defeat Real Sociedad 2-1 and extend its unbeaten streak to seven matches.

Las Palmas remain in the relegation places after losing 2-0 at home to Villarreal, whose victory maintains their bid for European football next season.