Antoine Greizmann netted either side of half-time as Diego Simeone’s men ran riot at the Vicente Calderon, downing their Andalusian opponents with a devastating display
Atletico Madrid applied pressure on Barcelona ahead of El Clasico as a 5-1 victory over Real Betis saw them move to within six points of the Liga leaders.
With Luis Enrique’s men playing Real Madrid later on Saturday, Atletico took their opportunity to cut Barca’s lead with a comfortable victory inspired by Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres.
The pair struck late in the first half to put Atleti ahead at Vicente Calderon, Torres netting with a smart finish before Griezmann enjoyed a stroke of good luck as Betis goalkeeper Adan allowed his throughball to go all the way in.
After Jan Oblak had made a fine double save to deny Heiko Westermann, Atleti resumed their control and saw Griezmann denied again before Juanfran added the third just after the hour.
Ruben Castro gave Betis some consolation with a late strike but Griezmann and Thomas Partey completed a ninth victory in Atleti’s last 11 home games, while the visitors continue to look nervously over their shoulder towards the bottom three.