Atletico Madrid turn their attention towards UEFA Champions League as German outfit Bayern Leverkusen pay them a visit for the 3rd round at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico will not be happy with the way there season has turned out so far. With Barcelona not hitting the heights they are certainly more than capable of reaching and Real Madrid's unending inconsistency, there was a huge opportunity for Los Rojiblancos to leverage the current situation in La Liga. But instead, the 2013-14 La Liga Champions are reeling outside the top-four in the domestic table.
However, what's painful for Diego Simeone is the lack of goals in his team. This is the main reason why they are drawing too many games this season – three straight in La Liga.
But Atletico have made a good start in the Champions League. They are 2nd on the points table in Group D, level on points with Juventus.
Bayer Leverkusen are also suffering from inconsistency in the domestic league. A chastening 3-0 defeat away against Eintracht Frankfurt has left Bayer at 9th on the points table.
No wonder, the pressure is mounting on manager Peter Bosz, but he could feel more heat if his side fails to collect any point at Wanda Metropolitano.
The Champions League match will be played between Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, in Madrid, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 67,829.
The game will start at 10:25 PM (IST), on Tuesday, October 22.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Atletico Madrid – D W D W D D
Bayer Leverkusen – L W W L D L
Atletico Madrid Team News:
Joao Felix has been ruled pout for the next three weeks with an ankle injury. Sime Vrsaljko and Stefan Savic join the young Portuguese on the sideline for this match.
Here is Atletico Madrid squad for this match:
Goalkeeper: Adan, Oblak
Defenders: J.M. Gimenez, Arias, Lodi, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier
Midfielders: Thomas, Koke, Saul, Lemar, M. Llorente, Herrera, Vitolo
Attackers: Morata, Correa, Diego Costa
Atletico Madrid Probable XI:
Jan Oblak (GK), Kevin Trippier, Gimenez, Felipe, Hermoso, Koke, Thomas, Saul, Lemar, Morata, Costa
Bayer Leverkusen FC Team News:
Striker Kevin Volland returns to the line-up and should get a straighn entry into Peter Bosz's playing 11. The 27-year-old has been the best player in Bundesliga in term of goals and assists.
But the visitors will be without Leon Bailey for at least another month, midfielder Charles Aranguiz (metatarsal/thigh) and full-back Wendell after he tore a thigh muscle in the last match.
Bayer Leverkusen Probable XI:
Hradecky (GK), Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, L. Bender, Baumgartlinger, Demirbay, Havertz, Amiri, Volland, Alario
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Kevin Volland: Five goals and two assists in all competitions.
Diego Costa: Atletico's biggest threat. Has three goals and two assists in all competitions.
Kai Havertz: Made his Champions League debut against Atletico Madrid three seasons ago. He is on European Golden Boy 20-man shortlist for 2019.
Alvaro Morata: Lacking goals, but he is playing good of late.
ATL vs LEV Dream11 potential winner:
Atletico are favourite to win this match.