Matchday LIVE: PSV Eindhoven vs. Atlético

Rojiblancos looking for a winning start to new Champions League campaign

Chances were few and far between when the teams met back in February

Chances were few and far between when the teams met back in February

Here we go again. Atlético Madrid embark on a new Champions League campaign tonight, and are back on familiar territory with a difficult trip to the Philips Stadion to face PSV Eindhoven.

Cholo’s men were held to two 0-0 draws by the Dutch side last season before prospering on penalties. With Griezmann, Gaitán and Gameiro starting, they’ll be hoping to come back this time with a win.

You can prepare for the match by reading our Match Preview.

Starting XIs

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Filipe; Gabi, Koke, Saúl, Gaitán; Griezmann, Gameiro

PSV: Zoet; Brenet, Isimat-Mirin, Moreno, Willems; Hendrix, Schwaab, Propper, Guardado; De Jong, Narsingh

  • Patrick English

    Atletico look like they’re playing not to lose. Lack of pressing, lack of movement off the ball.

  • Mitch

    There was clearly no contact, NOT a penalty! Woot, great job Oblak!

  • Kris

    May have been a little bit of a touch, but really harsh on Gimenez. Oblak really started practicing penalties, didn’t he? That was a fantastic stop. Not a bad attempt at all from Guardado.

  • Kris

    Holy hell the drama!!!

  • Koke

    Horrible game from the ref so far. PSV probably should have had a goal and a penalty by now, but they were also given that BS penalty when their player dived (the fact that Oblak saved it doesn’t make it any different.) I’d hate to say we’ve been getting the decisions our way so far.

    I really like Gaitan. Yes, he’s still getting used to our team, but I think he offers a lot creatively. Gameiro needs to learn to adapt to playing with Griezmann – right now I think they’re too similar. I wouldn’t make any changes right this instance but eventually all three of Correa, Carrasco, and Torres may prove useful.

    Not our best game so far. But give credit to PSV – they are a quality team, even if much of the world isn’t aware of that.

  • Koke

    Great that Oblak is (apparently) getting better at penalties, because that’s really the only shortcoming I have ever noticed from him (I rate him as one of the world’s very best goalies, perhaps even better than Courtois). Plus, for a team like Atleti that doesn’t score very much and definitely doesn’t concede very much, penalty shootouts won’t be so rare…

  • leiks

    I’m noticing that Juanfran is too slow for the likes of Narsingh and Willems. Unfortunately we haven’t seen much of Vrsaljko either and if he’s any quicker. It would be better to play someone quicker against these kinds of wingers. Juanfran still has quality though.

  • Chewie

    Terrible second half. So many wrong passes and stupid decisions. Lucky to get away with a win.