Atlético drawn against Lazio in Europa League last 32

Tough trip to Rome awaits the red and whites in February

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Atlético have been drawn to play against Italian side S.S. Lazio in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

Additionally, should we progress, we will face either Braga or Beşiktaş in the following round.

The first leg is scheduled for February 16th in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, with the return match taking place in the Calderón a week later.

Runners-up in Group D, Lazio present one of the tougher tests that we could have faced in the draw. They currently sit 4th in Serie A, two points adrift of leaders Juventus.

So far they have lost just twice in the league, and are unbeaten away from home with an impressive five wins so far.

However, the Biancocelesti were unable to win any of their away matches in the Europa League group stages, losing at Sporting and drawing with Zürich and Vaslui.

Managed by Edoardo Reja, the Romans saw a major overhaul of players during the summer. The likes of Mauro Zarate, Fernando Muslera and Stephane Lichtsteiner all departed, but they made 9 signings including Miroslav Klose, Federico Marchetti, Djibril Cissé and Abdoulay Konko.

The last time the two sides met was in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1998. Lazio edged los Colchoneros 1-0 on aggregate, winning the first leg in front of a packed Vicente Calderón.

Later on that year, Christian Vieri left Atleti to join the Italian side.

This time around, the red and whites are likely to be considered slight favourites, and have the advantage of playing the return leg at home.

As mentioned above, the winners will face Braga or Besiktas in the last 16, which could mean a return to Madrid for either Simão or loanee Fran Mérida. Facing his former club if we draw Os Arsenalistas will be Sílvio, who also happen to be Pizzi’s parent club.

Unfortunately for Atlético or Lazio, they will have to play that tie first as the home team.

What are your thoughts on the draw? How do you see our chances in the tournament?

  • javi

    Good Draw but not an easy team.
    It looks like Reyes might go to sevilla afterall.

  • Is a good draw 4 atletico to go through to the next round even dou lazio is a great oponent so far they hav not done wel away in europe with a lose and 2draw but atletico hav done great at calderon winin all their 3matches in EL and fairer result away from home with a lost,a draw and a win. Hopefully the draw wil turn to b gud 4 us. FORZA ATLETICO. Manzano go i hate u.

  • Jose Ignacio Perez-Laorga

    Reyes isnt going to Sevilla yet, he went to to Sevilla because of a family emergency. The rumor is a lie, he might get traded but we wont know until Christmas. If Manzano is still the coach after Christmas, we can just go to Italy, strech lazio’s hand, tell them congrats and go home.

  • Javi

    Hey this is cool. I just found out about this, and no im not selling anything, just thought its cool
    You can go on this website
    and pay for your pic to be displayed on your favorite player’s dorsal number on his uniform. I got Arda.

  • Mais

    i read about sevilla doing this on the news
    is the site legit?

  • Mais

    i ask because in that article there was no mention of other la liga teams doing this

  • Javi

    looks legit, other teams are doing it and not just in Spain

  • Javi
  • Javi

    It was also posted today on the official atleti website, so I think its legit.

  • Mais

    i like this..good marketing, n maybe itll boost fans’ confidence in players again

  • 7th

    javi, the way u started ur post thought this is a spam. loool

  • Javi Lozoya

    Very complicated draw, Lazio is a very strong team, they’re having a great season in Italy and they have very good players, world class players like Klose, Hernanes, Andre Dias, Lorik Cana, Federico Marchetti, among other very high caliber players.
    I don’t think we can actually defeat them with the poor level displayed so far, and if we want to compete against them somehow, we’re gonna have to improve a LOT, in all areas, because honestly Lazio is a much better team that us, we have to face it, we can’t compete against them at the moment.

  • Mais

    Hopefully the time we have until then will be spent working on our weaknesses, perhaps including changes made over the winter

  • Javi

    @ 7th, yes, lol, when I read it, it looked like I was sellling something, like the crap we get in the spam box every day.

  • Javi

    @ Javi Lozoya, if we play like we played at Bernabeu we can beat them, and its the same team. Hopefully in two months we get it together.

  • Javi Lozoya

    It is gonna take more than attitude and courage to defeat Lazio, the match againts Madrid was probably the best from Atletico Madrid in terms of attitude but you need more than that to win in the highest stage of football, and about that match, we didn’t won it, we need more stability in our defense, and much more offensive creation and a solid midfield,and even if Manzano goes away, the manager in turn is gonna have to work his socks off to make this team work.

  • Javi

    If Courtois was not thrown off we had a chance to tie or even win against one of the best teams in the world in their stadium
    We had the right attitude that day and
    We have a lot of talent but we lack a coach that can make it work.

  • Javi Lozoya

    We could’ve but we didn’t, that’s what separates average team from great teams, and right know we’re really far from being a great team, it’s not just a matter of attitude to become a great team, you need to play good football and be able to overcome obstacles like having one men sent of againts Madrid, if you’re not good enough with that, you can’t deserve to be considered into an elite team.

  • Gianni

    Hello Atletico Madrid supporters. My name is Gianni a Lazio supporter. I just wanted to see what you guys think of us. Trust me Lazio want to qualify for the Champions League next season and have played a majority reserve side to qualify for the next round. I favour your club to go through it will be a hard fought battle. Good luck and may the best club win. Lazio also have strong relationship win your rivals Real Madrid. I hope you don’t hate us too much for that. Cheers Gianni
    Sempre Forza Lazio