Atletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich on Wednesday and will be looking to see how much their 15/16 UCL semi-final opponents have changed under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Bayern, on the other hand, is looking for revenge just five months after the Spanish side eliminated them on away goals from the prestigious European competition. This will be both teams’ second Group D game and it is riddled with storylines.
Kick-off in the Vicente Calderón is set for 20:45 CET.
In fact, Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal commented on Atleti’s finishing touch last year and also chimed in on their emotional elimination, per ESPN FC. “We have to eradicate the pain of that defeat. We badly wanted to reach the final, but Atletico were more efficient in front of goal. We have plenty to rectify.”
— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) September 27, 2016
Obviously, last year’s semifinal narrative comes into play and undoubtedly has furthered both clubs’ competitive history on the European front.
For those that don’t know, Bayern and Atletico faced off in a 1974 European Cup final which saw the Bavarians force a replay and win 4-0. As it happened, last year Atletico Madrid got their own revenge for that 74′ loss.
El Atleti ha vengado la final de 1974 con el Bayern. Los de Guardiola fueron superiores, los de Simeone resistieron. pic.twitter.com/2tFTyDdeYq
— Daniel Riobóo (@danirioboo) May 3, 2016
But this year there’s another added ingredient to the burgeoning Atleti-Bayern rivalry and it comes in the form of Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian manager’s record against Simeone is nothing like the eight played and eight won start to his Bayern tenure. No, instead the former Real Madrid manager has a record of one draw and three losses against Diego Simeone.
We’ll see what happens when they take the field on Wednesday, but one thing is for sure, history and familiar personnel aside, these two sides are polar opposites in terms of stylistic identity. So you best grab your popcorn for this one.
— Atleti English (@atletienglish) September 27, 2016
Brief UCL Form:
- Atletico Madrid opened their Group D campaign with a 1-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven.
- Bayern Munich opened theirs with a 5-0 win over FC Rostov
- Atletico will be without Jose Gimenez and Augusto Fernandez
- Tiago, Miguel Ángel Moyá and Alessio Cerci also still on the sidelines
- Fernando Torres will start, confirms Simeone in his press conference
- Bayern will be without Holger Badstuber and Douglas Costa
Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moreira
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Gabi, Thomas, Gaitán
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro