Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City is the next second leg match in this year’s UEFA Champions League as Atletico Madrid look to turn around a 1-0 deficit against Manchester City at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City: Match Preview:
Kevin De Bruyne struck late at the Etihad Stadium to secure a one-goal lead for Pep Guardiola’s side last week – a performance they backed up with a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Premier League title clash against Liverpool.
Atletico fell to a surprise defeat on the weekend, away to Mallorca to leave them on the brink of dropping out of the top four in LaLiga.
But Diego Simeone’s side will be urged on by a vociferous backing at the Wanda Metropolitano, albeit shorn of 5,000 fans after a Uefa ruling against the Atleti fans following discriminatory behaviour in Manchester.
Atletico boss Simeone will welcome Yannick Carrasco back to the fold after suspension kept him out of the first-leg defeat, and all players on two yellow cards will see their cautions wiped ahead of the semi-finals.
MLS-bound midfielder Hector Herrera remains sidelined alongside key defender Jose Gimenez, with the latter seemingly set to miss out once again owing to his calf issue, but Simeone is otherwise well-stocked for the second leg.
The quick turnaround and a pair of dampening defeats should lead to at least one or two alterations on the hosts end, with Joao Felix expected to return to the XI alongside Renan Lodi and Sime Vrsaljko.
City also have just two injury concerns to worry about for the second leg, with Ruben Dias still struggling with his hamstring issue and teenage attacker Cole Palmer dealing with an foot problem.
There is a slim chance that the duo may be able to make the squad, but Guardiola will not rush them back, and Gabriel Jesus’s start at the weekend may have come with this game in mind, as the attacker is suspended for an accumulation of bookings.
Kyle Walker is now back from a European ban of his own, but Nathan Ake held the fort well at left-back in the first leg and will hope to come into contention for another start amid City’s hectic Easter period.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City: Head to Head:
The first leg between Atletico Madrid and Manchester City last week was the first ever meeting between the two sides. Manchester City won the game 1-0.
Recent performances in all competitions:
1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano
1-0 win over Manchester United
4-1 win over Alaves
1-0 loss against Manchester City
1-0 win over Mallorca
0-0 draw against Crystal Palace
4-1 win over Southampton
2-0 win over Burnley
1-0 win over Atletico Madrid
2-2 draw against Liverpool
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City: Predicted Line-ups:
Atletico Madrid Predicted XI (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Stefan Savic, Felipe, Reinildo Mandava; Marcos Llorente, Rodrigo De Paul, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Koke, Yannick Carrasco; Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix
Manchester City Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson Moraes; Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Kyle Walker; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling