Simeone won't be drawn on Griezmann future after Atleti beat Celta Vigo

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"I talk about realities, and not suppositions", Simeone said.

Atletico Madrid kept pace with Barcelona with a comfortable 3-0 win over Celta Vigo in the Spanish league Sunday. The league leader beat last-place Malaga 2-0 Saturday despite playing without Lionel Messi because of the birth of his third son, Ciro. 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.

"We went looking for a jump in quality, especially in offensive transitions". 'My desire is to be in with a chance with five games left.

Sevilla stayed fifth but 11 points behind Valencia in the fight for a Champions League spot next season.

Yet he was given a rousing reception from the Wanda Metropolitano after his exquisite opening goal against Celta, in which he controlled a knock down from Jose Gimenez then waltzed past a defender before striking into the top corner. Vitolo doubled Atletico's advantage in the 56th minute with a deft chip over Marco Ruben before Angel Correa rounded off the scoring soon after with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.

Vitolo's last three goals in La Liga have now been for three different teams - he previously netted for Sevilla and then scored for Las Palmas against Celta earlier this season.

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The striker, who struggled for form earlier in the season, has been booed by Atletico fans at certain points of the campaign for flirting with a move to Barca and for admitting interest in joining Manchester United past year.

After a goalless first half, Carlos Bacca fired the visitors into the lead midway through the second period after being played in by Pablo Fornals.

Las Palmas are 18th, four points adrift of safety after 17th-placed Levante snapped a run of 15 games without a win with their 1-0 victory at Getafe on Saturday.

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.

The home side grabbed the victor in the 51st minute when Gerard Moreno was fouled in the box by Real keeper Jose Angel Moya and picked himself up to squeeze home the resulting penalty.

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