It is quite surprising to see Atlético and Milan at the bottom of Group B, but so far the teams have not been able to prove themselves in the euro arena. The opposition of the 5th round of the Champions League will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.
The reigning champion of Spain has not yet been able to pick up the required pace. In the championship, “mattress makers” often lose points. For example, the recent draws with Levante (2: 2) and Valencia (3: 3). Moreover, the defensive play clearly began to lame. If earlier protege Simeone rarely conceded more than one goal, then in the last five confrontations the guys caught as many as nine goals.
True, attacking football pleases: the team began to devote more time to playing on the other side of the field, the combinations across the flanks have improved. The main scorer of Madrid remains Luis Suarez – the forward scored seven goals and an assist. On the negative side, the talented striker João Felix was injured – the striker suffered a muscle injury and was retired indefinitely. Note that the player has already started the restoration work according to the individual program.
Felix is undergoing rehabilitation
Today Milan cannot fight on two fronts. The red and blacks got involved in the race for the championship in Serie A (the team is on the second line after 12 rounds), so Pioli sacrificed his performance in the Champions League. The main striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is 40 years old, but he can still produce great football. However, with frequent workload, the attacker can get injured, which will complicate the position of the team in the championship.
In the final round of the Champions League, the team parted with Porto (1: 1) – this point was the first for the team in the current campaign. After the confrontation, Pioli gave a brief assessment of the actions of the charges:
We should have played better for sure, but we lacked sharpness and efficiency in making decisions in the first half of the match.
Note that Leau and Diaz stand out in the midfield line, but under the pressure of the eminent striker, the guys still do not reveal 100 percent.
It will be possible to watch the live broadcast of the upcoming confrontation on the Match Football channel. Also popular sports resources, such as Sports.tu, will broadcast text online.
- At home, Atlético has scored at least two goals in four straight games.
- Milan have not lost five appearances in a row.
- In case of defeat, Milan loses its chances of getting into the Europa League.
- Today, the priority for the Italian squad is Serie A.
- Milan have lost in two away league games.
- At the time of writing the forecast, the coefficient for the “Atlético victory” is 1.75.
Atlético Madrid to win