La Liga rivals, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are competing to sign French Left-back footballer, Theo Hernandez. They could have reduced their gap to Atletico to six points had they won at the Vicente Calderon.
Griezmann was replaced by Angel Correa with 19 minutes remaining as Diego Simeone looked ahead to Saturday's derby and the visit of Leicester in their Champions League quarterfinals, first leg next midweek.
"Since 2017 began, we have been playing much better, a much more balanced team, more consistent in our play", Simeone said.
The a left-back has played in 29 league and cup games with Alaves and said last week in an interview with AS, that he was aware of Real Madrid's interest in signing him.
A first-half goal from Filipe Luis was enough for Los Rojiblancos to maintain their winning streak (which now stands at five consecutive La Liga games) but the Argentine boss explained his side dealt well with the fast-starting La Real.
Atletico has won eight of its last 10 league matches and is enjoying its best run of the season.
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In fact, they used some of the original and later members of those teams in their group at one time or another. I think it would have been stereotyping to have the character be Asian, and a little too obvious.
Atletico overtook Sevilla for third place last weekend after having dropped to as low as sixth in the standings earlier in the competition.
"Real Madrid have not made any contact with us, not for the player or to organise the meal".
The veteran striker converted a 17th-minute penalty and sealed the victory in the 37th to give Athletic its fourth win in five matches.
A third defeat in four games sees Sociedad slip to seventh as Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao boosted their chances of Europa League qualification.
Real Betis, which almost equalized when Dani Ceballos' shot struck the woodwork deep in stoppage time, remains in 14th place and still isn't clear of relegation.