Cholo’s men started preparing for their Second Leg of the Champions League’s last 16 earlier this week. They will receive Bayer Leverkusen at Calderón after traveling to their home BayArena exactly three weeks ago.
Kickoff at Calderón is set for 20:45 CET.
If we review what happened in Germany, goals from Saúl and Griezmann gave Atleti an advantage on the first half. Once the second half started, Leverkusen scored but a penalty from Gameiro put the team ahead again.
Savic and Moyá’s mistakes left them with an own goal that scared many fans just ten minutes after the penalty. El Niño came to the rescue at the 86th minute, determining Atlético’s win and advantage of 4-2.
Luckily this week, Torres comes to action after full medical clearance. When facing Granada, Savic suffered a nose injury to which he has also been cleared. Gabi also began training with the team after his hand surgery, although the captain has not been called due to his sanction, as well as Filipe.
Facing Leverkusen again means Cholo’s men should apply the same, if not better strategies in order to qualify. However, they might have another advantage: Bayer have decayed to tenth place in the Bundesliga Table and Roger Schmidt was dismissed closely after the team’s loss to Borussia Dortmund (6-2).
Tayfun Korkut stepped out as the new manager shortly after that loss and has encounter with one draw so far. Before Schmidt was dismissed, the team had other two losses including the one against Atleti on the First Leg.
Besides all their concerns, Bayer is showing a pride of being the last European team to face Atlético at the Vicente Calderón. Before that, they faced the Rojiblancos on 2010 and on the round of 16 of the Champions two years ago.
See what they said here:
Tomorrow #Bayer04 will play in one of the most legendary stadiums in football history: Estadio Vicente Calderón
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) March 14, 2017
They praised the stadium’s history as well as the faithful Rojiblanco fans. From our side, Simeone awaits for a full stadium, especially when when dealing with probably one of the last Champions League matches at the Calderón. “Against Bayer Leverkusen, I expect a packed Calderón” he said.
Squad list for this match:
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Oblak.
Defenders: Godín, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez.
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Cerci, Thomas, Gaitán, Juan Moreno.
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa.