Atletico Madrid will be bidding to get their 2022-23 La Liga campaign off to the best possible start when they travel to Coliseum Alfonso Perez to face Getafe on Monday night.
Diego Simeone’s side finished third in the table last season, 15 points behind the champions Real Madrid, while Getafe were 15th, just one point outside of the relegation zone.
Getafe finished eighth, fifth and eighth in Spain’s top flight between 2018 and 2020, but they have now been 15th in their last two La Liga campaigns, only narrowly avoiding relegation last term.
Indeed, the Deep Blue Ones picked up just 39 points from their 38 league matches in 2021-22, which left them just a point clear of 18th-place Granada, so the fans will be demanding an improvement in 2022-23.
Getafe have had an active summer in terms of friendlies, playing six times in total, losing their last two against Elche and Albacete without scoring a goal, which will be a slight concern ahead of this clash.
Quique Sanchez Flores’s side have been active during the summer market, bringing in Borja Mayoral, Luis Milla, Domingos Duarte, Jaime Seoane, Fabrizio Angileri, Kiko Casilla and Portu.
There have also been a number of departures, including Mathias Olivera, Hugo Duro and Chema Rodriguez, so there will be a fresh look to the squad next season, which was certainly required following their underwhelming 2021-22 campaign.
Atletico, meanwhile, have played four friendlies this summer, beating Numancia, Manchester United, Cadiz and Juventus, scoring an impressive 13 times in the process.
Simeone’s side finished third in La Liga last season, 15 points behind the champions Real Madrid, while they were eliminated in the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey and quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Atletico will certainly be looking to challenge both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the table this season, and they have boosted their squad this summer with the arrivals of Nahuel Molina and Axel Witsel, while Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez are back at Wanda Metropolitano following loan spells at Juventus and Chelsea respectively.
There have also been first-team departures in the shape of Daniel Wass, Hector Herrera, Sime Vrsaljko and Luis Suarez, and it will be fascinating to see whether the capital giants are capable of matching Real Madrid and Barcelona this season, as both clubs look to be in strong shape heading into 2022-23.
Atletico did a league double over Getafe last season, including a 4-3 success at Wanda Metropolitano in February, while they have not lost to the Deep Blue Ones in Spain’s top flight since November 2011.
Getafe’s squad is in excellent shape heading into the new season, with the home side set to have a full complement available for this contest, providing that there are no late setbacks in training.
Mayoral, who has joined the club on a permanent basis this summer from Real Madrid, is set to feature in the final third of the field, while there could be a debut at left-back for Angileri.
Portu, who is on loan from Real Sociedad, is also expected to feature in midfield, while Seoane and Domingos Duarte are also pushing to make their debuts for the club on Monday night.
As for Atletico, Felipe remains on the sidelines with a knee problem, but Jan Oblak, Jose Gimenez and Yannick Carrasco should be fit despite recent injury problems.
Morata – back at the club following a two-year loan spell at Juventus – is set to lead the line on Monday, with Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix potentially joining him in the final third of the field.
Witsel and Molina are both available to make their debuts, but the pair are expected to be on the bench, with Rodrigo De Paul potentially featuring alongside Koke in the middle of midfield.
Getafe possible starting lineup:
Soria; Suarez, Dakonam, Duarte, Angileri; Portu, Arambarri, Seoane, Alena; Mayoral, Unal
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Reinildo, Savic, Gimenez; Llorente, Koke, De Paul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Morata, Felix