Atlético prepares for the first leg of the Champions League Quarter Finals at the Vicente Calderón. Leicester City praised the club and admitted Atleti will be the toughest and biggest European rival they will face so far.
Kick off at Calderón is set for 20:45 CET.
A draw at home against Leverkusen, almost a month ago, sealed Atlético’s qualification for the Quarter Finals. Leverkusen struggled to create chances, but thankfully Atleti’s defense, and Oblak’s spectacular triple save, was great enough to leave the Germans scoreless.
With three consecutive wins over Sevilla, Málaga and Real Sociedad, Cholo’s men reclaimed the third spot in the LaLiga standings. This gave Atleti confidence for their Derby last Saturday, in which Griezmann’s goal saved the team from giving Real Madrid three more points.
Leicester City are currently 11th place in the Premier League, although they are in spectacular form. In the past five matches, they’ve won four and lost just once.
One of these wins included their match against Sevilla that qualified them for the Quarter finals, with an aggregate score of 3-2. Although Sevilla has been going head-to-head with Atlético in LaLiga, Leicester still believes Simeone’s men will be harder to beat than the Andalucian side.
“Unlike against Sevilla, if Leicester lose by any margin in Madrid it will be very difficult to turn it around,” said Rob Daly, a European football expert that gave his opinions the Quarter Final clash. You can read the whole article here: Opposition View: Atlético Madrid
The last time Atlético faced Leicester was in the UEFA Cup’s 1996-97 season. The final aggregate score was 1-4 in favor of Atleti. Before that, they qualified for the same round in 1961-62 season, and they were eliminated by Atleti with a 1-3 score on aggregate as well.
As far as Atlético’s preparations go, Simeone has one more player to call for this round. Nico Gaitán has been given full medical clearance from an arthritis in the metatarsal on his left toe and Tiago has also trained with the team, but has not been called this time. Gameiro is still out of the list, but we hope to see the French man against Osasuna on the weekend.
Leicester, however, will have to play without their star defender Wes Morgan. The Jaimaican international will miss the match due to injury.
“We are confident in our attempt to advance this qualifying round,” Filipe Luis said. “They [Leicester FC] have very good players and are a very solid team,” he continued. “It is going to be complicated. But we are at our best time to face it.”
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) April 10, 2017
Squad list for tomorrow night:
Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moreira.
Defenders: Godín, Filipe Luis, Savic, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez.
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Gabi, Cerci, Thomas, Gaitán.
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa.