Atletico Madrid’s 5-0 win over Chivas on Saturday saw Diego Simeone’s side go up 4-0 in the La Liga table, thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid.
The result means Atletico are now in the top three of La Liga and in fifth position, five points behind third-placed Barcelona.
But it is a different story for Chivas, who are now sitting in fifth place after Sunday’s draw at Alaves.
They are now just four points behind second-placed Real.
“It was a very hard game for us, a very difficult game for the team,” said Chivas coach Jorge Villareal.
“But it was also a good game, a good performance.
There was a lot of energy in the first half and it’s a pity that we conceded three goals at half-time.”
The win was a significant blow to the Atletico defence, who had been a key part of the Atleti attack this season, but the visitors’ goalkeeper, Diego Reyes, is yet to make an appearance since injuring his knee on March 6.
“We didn’t have much time to make it count, but we made some good decisions to win the game,” said Villareals team captain Javier “Chico” Martinez.
“They did a great job defending in the second half.
It was important that we got some good goals from our players.”
The hosts were unable to break down Chivas’ midfield, which featured four strikers and five defenders.
“I’m very happy with the way the team played.
It is always better when we’re not playing well, but it was a good result for the players,” said Atletio coach Diego Pablo Simeones.