Following the 1-0 win against Real Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano and the international break, our team on Saturday at 6.30 p.m. CET faces Villarreal at the Estadio de la Cerámica on LaLiga's Matchday 9.
Villarreal, who sit on 16th place in the LaLiga standings with eight points, are always a difficult opponent. Atleti, on the other hand, are currently enjoying a five-match LaLiga non-losing streak (3W, 2D) and sit 3rd in the competition with 15 points.
In fact, our team is just one game away from equaling its best non-losing streak in all competitions in 2018 (5W, 2D) since the eight consecutive wins earned between Jan. 28 and Feb. 28.
Both teams are playing European competitions this season and, until now, neither club has lost any games. Villarreal are third in their Europa League group with two points in two matches, whereas our teams won both Champions League group stage games against AS Monaco and Club Brugge.
Only Atleti and Betis (five) have kept more clean sheets than Villarreal (four) in this LaLiga season.
The game will be Rodrigo's first match against his former club. In fact, our midfielder was the field player who stole more balls (320) last season in LaLiga while he played for Villarreal, and the second of Europe's top five leagues after Doucouré (345 with Watford).