Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid put in one of their best performances to beat Real Valladolid by 3-0 on Saturday. Memphis Depay made his debut.

Real Sociedad was third with a win at Rayo Vallecano of 2-0, while struggling Sevilla won a 1-0 victory over Cadiz thanks to a late Ivan Rakitic penalty.

Atletico’s Depay, a new Dutch forward, was brought off the bench by Barcelona’s Friday. However, Antoine Griezmann’s dazzling display at the Metropolitano had the hosts in complete control.

To open the scoring, Alvaro Morata scored a brilliant assist from the French forward. He then scored the second.

Mario Hermoso scored the third goal from the rebound, after Griezmann’s free kick was parried back to his path.

Atletico was fourth in points with those three goals, scored in just 11 minutes in the first half.

Diego Simeone’s team has had a difficult season in Europe and in league play. However, they managed to win seven more league games to move in the right direction.

They will face Real Madrid, their rivals in Copa del Rey on Thursday. This is important not only as a derby but also because it gives them a chance to win silverware for the first time this season.

Griezmann said that he was very happy and very satisfied with the team’s performance.

“We’ve been doing well since the World Cup. We played with intensity, hardwork, and had chances up front. But we didn’t have a goal.

“It was mostly my fault. I had chances, but couldn’t score it. I will be able to score again mentally by achieving this goal.