Atlético are preparing for their fifth Champions League match of the season, away to Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday. The club are already safe in the knowledge that their place in the knock-out stages is assured. Parallel to their league form, the Rojiblancos have blitzed the competition so far in Europe, so much so that they can afford to send a significantly weakened squad to Russia for their penultimate group stage encounter.
They say a year at Atlético is like ten at another club, and it doesn’t half ring true. Four years have passed since the red and whites last played in the UEFA Champions League, but for fans, it feels like many more. However, the wait comes to an end on Wednesday, as Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg visit the Calderón in the opening match of Group G.