UEFA Champions League | Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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A 1-0 deficit means that the tie is far from done and dusted, but the reigning La Liga champions have experienced another blow to their momentum since the Etihad defeat – going down 1-0 to Mallorca in Saturday’s La Liga clash after previously winning six on the bounce in all competitions.


In order to turn the tie around at the Wanda Metropolitano and seek a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2016-17, Atletico must firstly attempt a shot on goal – which they did not do across the entire 90 minutes at the Etihad – although they have made it through on two of the past three occasions that they have lost the first leg.


Returning to home comforts at the Wanda Metropolitano also spells optimism for Atletico, who have won each of their last three in the league there, but not since October 2020 have Simeone’s side won a Champions League match at home – drawing four and losing three since.


Klopp and Guardiola will likely be sick of the sight of one another by the summer, but for now, City must focus on the task at hand against Atletico for what will be their 100th game in the Champions League, and they are now unbeaten in nine across all tournaments.


A wholly impressive away streak has also seen Guardiola’s side string together a 12-game unbeaten run on rival turf – winning 10 of them – while they have also conceded just one goal in their last 630 minutes of domestic and continental action on the road.

DPP Verdict

There can be none of the same from Atletico if they are to stand a chance of progressing this week, with Simeone seemingly forced to adopt a gung-ho approach after restricting the Citizens to just the one goal last week. Such an approach will of course leave the Atletico backline vulnerable to City’s sweeping moves on the break, which will be more difficult to contain, so we can only envisage the Citizens prevailing once more to advance to the final four.