On Tuesday, La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid again proved their title credentials by beating in-form Sevilla 2-0 at home to pull four points clear at the top of the standings.
When Angel Correa received a pass from returning right-back Kieran Trippier, Atletico got off to an ideal start and took Sevilla by surprise with a shot that bounced off the near post to give them the lead in the 17th minute.
With a thumping effort from the edge of the area in the 76th, midfielder Saul Niguez successfully clinched the victory to score his first goal of the season and condemn Sevilla to a first loss in all competitions in 10 games.
After 16 games, the win took Atletico to 41 points, four ahead of second-placed Real Madrid, who had played 18.
“We knew we would have to suffer in certain moments in the game but they didn’t cause us too much danger, they had a lot of possession but couldn’t harm us.
We prepare for every game in order to win it and that’s what we’re trying to do. We knew Sevilla would be difficult opponents, they are having a great season, so I’m very happy we managed tos their match with Athletic Bilbao had been postponed due to a snowstorm in the Spanish capital, Atletico had enjoyed a rest over the weekend, although the freezing temperatures had also disrupted their training schedule.
On the sidelines of the Wanda Metropolitano, dense mounds of snow could be seen and with temperatures falling to minus seven Celsius, Atletico’s replacements kept warm in the stands by warming up with exercise bikes put next to electric heaters.