Atletico Madrid welcome Bayern Munich to play the first leg of their Champions League semi-finals at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Wednesday, April 27, starting 20:45 CET.
Both teams are in terrific form as the host team have won the last five games and are “422-minutes without conceding a goal”, notes the official UEFA website.
Atlético coach Diego Simeone says, “We have to be thinking about one thing: winning. I’m expecting a hard match against an opponent with a lot of attacking potential, against a coach who changes from game to game. We will try to take the game into our hands where and when we can. It will be an important match in terms of the tie as a whole.
“Obviously, we have a coach and players with different characteristics [from Bayern’s]. But in wars it isn’t the side with the most soldiers that wins, rather the side that uses its soldiers better. In football or life, there’s no such thing as revenge, just new opportunities. They’re in the same position as us. To win the league you have to win games, and we’re in the same situation. I want my side to win, nothing more.”
As per the Guardian reports, Josep Guardiola is a bit relaxed at the moment. He comments before the match, “We’re happy to be here in the semis – we know all the teams are difficult and Atleti are no exception. You can compare them to Barça and Madrid – when they play against the big European clubs they can confound the favourites. Simeone has managed to achieve big things. It will be a great game, complete and fun at the same time, and we’ll do all we can to get the final.
“In football you have to adapt and we’ll adapt to get the best result we can. In three years we’ve got to three semis I know that people say if I don’t win the UEFA Champions League my work won’t be complete, but I’ve been very lucky to have experienced what I have in Germany. I think I’m a better coach, a better person, more relaxed.”
Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Giménez, Savić, Filipe Luís; Gabi, Koke, Saúl, Augusto Fernández; Griezmann, Fernando Torres
Out: Tiago (broken leg), Godín (hamstring)
Doubtful: Carrasco (ankle)
Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Martínez, Alaba, Bernat; Alonso, Vidal; Costa, Ribéry; Müller, Lewandowski
Out: Robben (groin), Badstuber (ankle)
Doubtful: Boateng (match fitness), Rode (illness)
Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich
Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Time: 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid
Live Stream: Bet365