Champions League Preview: Leicester C. vs. Atlético

After Griezmann's penalty, Atlético is one step ahead to reach the Semi-Finals.

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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.”

 

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.


  • Los Blanco

    May both Madrid teams progress into the semi-finals today.

    Hala Madrid!

  • Rojadirecat

    Thanks but please leave any Halas out of this. Puta madridista.

  • jodo

    Looks like Simeone is locking down from minute one, opting for 2 out and out offensive players rather than 3 with either Torres or Gamiero.

    I have mixed feelings about this. Obviously, Simeone knows best…but it feels like a waste for Atletico not to take advantage of having 90 minutes to score that precious away goal. One away goal and it’s pretty much curtains for LFC. LFC had their 90 minutes and didn’t do it. ATM still have their 90 minutes and I hope they do not play so conservatively that the opportunity is wasted.

  • Los Blanco

    Gameiro is the second fastest player after Griezmann.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Clap clap clap Simeone. You choose after the Barcelona game (where we lost a fucking half and conceded two goals at home) again Carrasco and Griezmann upfront. This man is not learning that being defensive strong means not to play only two offensive minded players; it is more about working and fighting. Simeone has been always a coward. When does this man understand that Griezmann and Carrasco perform better when they have number nine upfront? I do not care if it is a not fit Gameiro or chances missing Torres, but theire presence is even enough to give Carrasco and Griezmann more room. I have the fear that this formation will be the reason why we may conced a goal… Why changing a system which has worked against Sociedad, Real and Leicester at home? I do not understand.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Lol , Simeone decided to keep deep and team is absorbing set pieces against one of the best set piece team in world , Faceplam. Dudu we got away goal , bruh Yes ?.

  • AndersAT

    Looks like it works though. Great goal.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Wasted another counter.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    We also had a penalty not called on Carrasco… I just see Leicester as an inferior side compared to us and I honestly think we would have gotten that away goal had we played with the usual 11. But kudos to the team and the manager for leading at half time

  • Los Blanco

    Real Madrid has a goalless first half.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well I am happy that my prediction was wrong; we all want the team to get through. Lets hope that we concede not a stupid goal to make this things again nervous.

    By the way: I have still the hope that Real will loose against Bayern.

  • Los Blanco

    You’re sick.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Honestly I think that was really not a penalty..

  • Zinni DUDU

    Sorry man, but I do not want to face your team again. Three times a row beating us in the champions league is really enough

  • Zinni DUDU

    Was really great header, which is maybe Sauls specality winning balls in the air. But Filipes cross was really great; sadfully we did not see enough of his crossing skills this season

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes that was a penalty. I think we shouldn’t let Leicstee have ball in dangerous area.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Carrasco screwed on Griezmann pass , should’ve taken a shot but he kissed the ground

  • Vagabond Messi

    What Juanfran is injured ? Now we don’t have natural right back.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Saul is also injured, my heart can’t take it.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I’ve been saying don’t play too deep , unnecessary goal conceded.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Yeah and it will give the fans and the players an extra motivation …

  • Los Blanco

    Things aren’t going well for the Madrid teams. The coaches are overrated.

  • AndersAT

    We were way to deep. We should regain control over the midfield. I would bring in Gaitan to try and hold on to the ball.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Man you know we’re not even trying to anything with posession just giving them back whenever we’re getting the ball. Simeone should knowl Leicster are no nonsense team with clear idea of direct play with set piece ,cross and long through in box. Atleast kill time with posession .

  • Vagabond Messi

    Anders our criticism is not unfair , cedeing whole midfield means doing half work of lcfc midfield.

  • Los Blanco

    Atletico Madrid can’t play possession football.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Can Saul ever give a 5m right pass? That was a perfect chance to bury it

  • Vagabond Messi

    What Filipe is injured? Now we’re with no natural fullback? Wtf is going on.

  • AndersAT

    It would have been more simple to just keep possession and play the ball around them like we did in the first half. Not the best impression.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Does somebody know what was the reason for the sub of Filipe and Juanfran? Juanfran seemed like he had ice on his knees. I hope thats only a knock. Lucas could play LB we do not have any RB

  • Ucce

    Vrsaljko is back now though, isn’t he?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Meanwhile referee is helping Madrid win the tie lol.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes precisely , watch Penaldo and co getting full help of referee.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Ronaldo at tap in , hattrick

  • KO ROLLINS

    congratulation for atleti and fuck this real madrid bullshit

  • Zinni DUDU

    Not in team training so far as I read; he is doing individual stuff

  • Vagabond Messi

    Lol referee always rescue them .

  • Zinni DUDU

    Two offside goals as well. And fucking uefa will make him man of the match, because they need fags like him to show a prick as the best footballer on planet who is scoring penalty/tap in hattricks.

    I am really sad for Bayern, because they put a great effort in these two matches and played nearly 60 Minutes with ten men against a coward Real Madrid. Specally Casemiro should have been send of; this little brazlian prick who is kicking around like doing MMA

  • Vagabond Messi

    You saw Robben given yellow card for nothing, he didn’t even protest it. Madrid players were allowed to foul but no card. What a joke of club are Madrid.

  • Ucce

    Referees gave them the CL last year. Might happen again this year.

  • Roberto

    Bravo atleti! Great!

  • Vagabond Messi

    They r most favoured team .atleast Barca get tough draw, but Madrid have been getting joke draw .

  • Karlp

    job done, thank you for the team that keep making me proud to be atleti fans. However, these injuries (filipe & juanfran) really worries me. Filipe’s seems to be short term, but Juanfran probably longer. Hopefully Vrsaljko will be ready soon.

  • AndersAT

    Man I would like to see us play against Monaco. It would be so fun to see if we can hold back their crazy goal scoring machine.

  • Zinni DUDU

    I have the same opponion. Juve would be toughest opponent to face, because they have a great balance in their team. My dream would be:
    Atleti-Monaco
    Real-Juve

    This would also mean that two great teams will knock out each other.

    By the way are you an austrian?

  • AndersAT

    I tend to agree that Juve is the best team left, but all matches will be really tough. Real will be a mouthful as well especially with their 12. player (the ref). But on the other hand, maybe the ref would be a bit harder on them on in the next match, just look at the ref in Barca-Juve. I am not saying that he was unfair, but Barca got NOTHING from him. I just can not take loosing out to Real Madrid again. Especially in the final. Not saying that i don’t hink we can beat them, because i honestly think they are weaker this year compared to the last two times.

    No i am not Austrian, I am from Denmark.

  • Vagabond Messi

    You’re right refeee was bit tough on Barca players and allowed Juve players to get away with shirt pull and fouls. Advantage with Madrid is their players always get away with doing MMA , in last year final Ramos should’ve been sent off , Casemiro , Carvajal, Ramos get away with their fouls and tackles week in week out. I think Madrid is a lock for the trophy with their crosses and headers. We can kill them but our problem is not scoring 2nd goal , after scoring 1 we play to defend it or miss many chances.

  • Karlp

    every year every fucking year #sfdrawreaction

  • Karlp

    i think atleti won’t ever win cl until they beat real there. It’s meant to be

  • AndersAT

    Actually I think it is better to play them over two matches with the last one at home than in a final. I have faith! Better to get it over with.

  • Karlp

    don’t think it will be much different.
    The records against real in cl normal time:
    1-1
    0-0
    0-1 (after 88 mins)
    1-1

  • AndersAT

    As long as we get 1-1 away and 0-0 at home it is all good…

  • KO ROLLINS

    i have strong feeling that we are going to kick real madrid ass this time

  • Karlp

    we have a good chance against either of those 3, but a lose against real would give me more nightmares than against the other 2.

  • Vagabond Messi

    You’re right, it’s better to play them over 2 legs. I’ve been analysing why we do well against them in league and not in cl. In cl we just park the bus after scoring once or just try to defend and are very conservative. Madrid have world class header and full backs so ultimately we leak a goal ans then also morale is broke . Best strategy will be to win at Bernebeau and press them high instead of parking bus. PSG and Juventus pressed high against Barca and they choked. While we sit ans absorb pressure. I hope Cholo will not play 4 cms. Just play 1 match witout pressure like league.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I’m happy atleast this won’t be a final.

  • Los Blanco

    12th UCL title loading. hahaha 🙂

  • Vagabond Messi

    stfu you team of cheater and uefadrid.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    This is our Champion’s League to win. I have full faith that Simeone will not fail this time.

    Aupa Atleti!!!