Matchday LIVE: Atlético vs. Benfica

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The Champions League returns as Atlético welcome Benfica to Madrid in the second match day of this season’s competition.

With a convincing win in the opening match against Galatasaray, Atleti will know that three more points here against top-seeded Benfica would put them in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages.

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Starting XIs

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Filipe; Gabi, Tiago, Óliver, Griezmann; Correa, Jackson

Benfica: Júlio César, Semedo, Luisão, Jardel, Eliseu, Almeida, Samaris, Gonçalo Guedes, Nico Gaitán, Jiménez, Jonas

  • Ambreesh

    seems like the 4-3-3 from the start. But you never know simeone. It may even be 4-4-2 with griezmann on the left flank.

  • i hate simeone’s changes

    I dont know why no one did comment so far.. but i think we are all shocked from this version of atleti… unorganised defence very strange changes!!!
    Saul is a bad player can u plz simeone realize this secondly why to take off gr7 and correa who are the only creative players !!
    finaly filipe luis is sooooooooo bad he is doing nothing i started to hate him.
    I think a loss to real will mean we lost our hope in both liga and champions this year.
    without ARDA, koke and miranda i think it is hard for us to repeat what we did 2 years ago

  • AaX

    This is on Simeone’s stubborn insistant on keeping Jackson on. Clearly he was out of form and was wating numerous chances. Torres should have come on for him instead. Saul was atrocious in Olivers position to me and Correa should have played on until end. Two quality goals with the chief responsible of Nico Gaitan, Atletico’s past two summer target. But the 4-3-3 first half formation was spot on to me.

  • AndersAT

    Hard time to be an atletico fan. It seems the players don’t gel. They can’t hit each other. And our master set pieces are gone in the wind. The set pieces was one of the main reasons we won la liga two seasons ago.

  • AaX

    Vietto currently looked too timid for Atletico and Simeone must improve his offensive ideas and instinct from the previous flood em with numbers and crosses philosophy. 4-3-3 is all about speed and creativity.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Benfica didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves. This is what happens when you dont take advantage of your golden oppotunities and invite the opponent into the game. Martinez might have been very sluggish today but Gabi continues to be the weak link in our midfield. We need Koke or Kranevitter as soon as possible to fill that defensive gab Gabi can’t cover. Otherwise Godin and Filipe Luiz seemed both to have an off day which contributed to the lose today. Especially Godin looked like he needed a break and Savic could have easily have played in favour of him.