Atlético to play Leverkusen in the Champions League

Rojiblancos to face the German side for the second time in three years

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Atlético Madrid will face Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League last 16, having been drawn to play the German side in Nyon today.

It will be a rematch of the 2014/15 round of 16 clash, when Atleti scraped through on penalties after a nervy two-legged affair.

Leverkusen will be keen on getting revenge against the rojiblancos, having missed three penalties in that painful 3-2 shootout defeat two years ago.

Manager Roger Schmidt is still at the helm, and his side beat Atleti 1-0 in the first leg two years ago and gave a good account of themselves home and away.

They proved to be a well organised unit with a counter attacking and set piece threat, balance across the pitch and strength in defence, as well as a work ethic that can rival that of Diego Simeone’s team.

Star players such as Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Stefan Kießling are still at the club, and they also now have the prolific Chicharito, who scored for Real Madrid to knock Atleti out at the quarter-final stage in 2014/15.

Bayer currently sit 8th in the Bundesliga, but will be quietly confident having qualified in second place from Group E – above Tottenham Hotspur who they beat at Wembley.

Like the red and whites, it may be that they too are also focusing primarily on the Champions League this season. They too have experience in the latter stages and indeed, coming up short in the final against Atleti’s cross-town rivals.

The first leg will take place in the BayArena on Tuesday 21st February, with the return at the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday 15th March.

What do you make of the draw? Do you expect a similar tie to the one in 2014/15?


  • AndersAT

    I agree. Leverkusen was not the best opponent. I am not sure that PSG or Man City would be better, but the other teams would have been better.

    I really hope we improve both offensively and defensively starting tonight, otherwise we will have a lot of trouble breaking down Leverkusens defense, and it will probably be a tight affair, perhaps even being decided in penalties.