It’s a beautiful poster that awaits us this evening on the side of the Wanda Metropolitano, and that you can watch live on Foot Mercato. Atlético de Madrid, who are struggling in La Liga, host Manchester United, who are getting quite satisfactory results in the league, but who are regularly in the English tabloid headlines for alleged problems in the dressing room and a Rangnick who would not make the unanimity.
Anyway, difficult to establish a prediction for this match between teams who have only European competitions to hope for a major title this season, since the two are already well behind in La Liga and the Premier League. It should also be noted that this is an unprecedented confrontation in history. Rojiblancos and Red Devils have simply never crossed paths in the Champions League. They have only been opposed once, in the round of 16 of the Coupe des Coupes in 1992, and the people of Madrid won.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Colchoneros’ pet peeve
For this match, Diego Simeone, target of many critics in Spain, must also deal without several major players like Carrasco and Koke, while Griezmann, back from injury, is not expected in the eleven. Oblak will therefore be in the cages, with a Reinildo-Giménez-Savic trio in front of him. Lemar and Vrsaljko will occupy the flanks, with a midfield trio of Kondogbia, Herrera and Llorente. In front, João Félix and Angel Correa will be responsible for hurting the Mancunian defense.
Opposite, Ralf Rangnick can bring out the heavy artillery, with De Gea in the cages, protected by the Maguire-Varane duo. Dalot and Shaw will occupy the defense sides. Paul Pogba will team up with Scott McTominay in midfield, with a Sancho-Bruno Fernandes-Rashford trio ahead of them. Cristiano Ronaldo, Atlético’s nightmarewill be aligned alone at the peak.