Atlético will face Leicester City for the second leg of the Champions League Quarter Finals at the King’s Power Stadium, having an advantage of 1-0 over the English club.
Kick off at Leicester is set for 20:45 CET.
The team flew to Leicester on Monday morning to begin training at King’s Power’s pitch. Moyá and Gameiro were finally given a medical all-clear and were called up by Simeone for this squad along with the 18 players traveling.
The team feels confident, although they recognize that the advantage is little, they know they will have to play a great game to reach the Semifinals for the third time in four seasons.
Simeone also stated his thoughts on the English rival, saying that it will be an “evenly-matched and complex qualifier.” The coach insists that this game will be based on details as the team’s advantage is short. However, Cholo thinks the game will not differ from the one at Calderón.
Leicester’s Coach, Craig Shakespeare, recognizes the Rojiblancos as the favorite. Due to his club’s position for the first time in its history, he praised Atlético’s defense and assures his team will do their best to improve the attacking side against such strong rival.
Shakespeare is also confident the sold-out stadium will make for a thrilling atmosphere. We really hope there will be no issues with the English fans this time.
“The truth is that we are hopeful and eager to be in the semi-finals one more year, more than responsibility, what we feel is hopeful” said Godín when arriving to England. “They play at their field and I expect a Leicester competing like what we saw at the Calderón.”
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) April 17, 2017
Squad List for this Tuesday:
Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moreira, Moyá.
Defenders: Godín, Filipe Luis, Savic, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez.
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Gabi, Cerci, Thomas, Gaitán.
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro.