ATM vs MCI: Atletico Madrid will host Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The hosts will try to inflict unprecedented damage to City’s Champions League hopes but they need to be at their best to have any kind of chance against Pep Guardiola’s side. A Kevin De Bruyne goal differentiated the two in the first leg but a one goal cushion would not be safe for City who are looking to make way to their second consecutive appearance in the UCL final.
The English champions played an entertaining draw with Liverpool at the weekend as they maintain a firm grip on the title race. De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus were on target and they could have wrapped the game had they not missed a number of gilt edged chances.
However, the Premier League title is theirs to lose and they need to win the rest of the games to conquer their 8th top flight title. But they now have to focus on their European campaign which has been derailed for the last few seasons.
City have failed to replicate their domination on the bigger stages and it’s high time they prove this myth wrong. Atletico will be banking on their home crowd and will try to put some pressure on the City backline in counters.
The Spanish giants are far from convincing in their defence of their La Liga and also lost to Mallorca at the weekend. They are currently 15 points adrift of first placed Real Madrid and are almost out of the title race.
Their home performance in the Champions League hasn’t been kind to them and they like to better their records this time. They have been also ordered by the UEFA to close their stadium partially following some unruly behaviour in the first leg.
Some of the travelling supporters appeared to be performing Nazi salutes during the first leg and regarding that incident, UEFA has now told the club to close 5000 seats in the second leg.
ATM vs MCI, UEFA Champions League 2021/22
Date: 14th April 2022
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano
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Head to Head
The last match was their first ever meeting between these two sides.
Atletico Madrid Team News
Yannick Carrasco will join the squad having served his one match suspension in the last match. Hector Herrera and Jose Gimenez will be the only absentees.
Manchester City Team News
Ruben Dias and Cole Palmer will not be available for this match. Gabriel Jesus is also set to miss the match as the accumulation of yellow cards will automatically serve him a one match suspension.
Atletico Madrid Possible Lineup
Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Reinildo; Vrsaljko, Llorente, Koke, Lemar, Lodi; Griezmann, Felix
Manchester City Possible Lineup
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling
It will be difficult for Atletico to stop Manchester City’s attacking flow so the away side is likely to snatch a win.