Atletico Madrid vs RB Leipzig
Stadium: Estadio Jose Alvalade
Betting Odds: Atletico Madrid 2.20 ; Draw 3.10 ; RB Leipzig 3.50
Probability of Win: Atletico Madrid 43%; Draw 30% ; Leipzig 27%
Atletico Madrid will take on RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid are set to battle Bundesliga outfit, RB Leipzig, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in the history.
Predicted XI: Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Savić, Lodi; Llorente, Koke, Saúl, Carrasco; João Félix; Costa
Doubtful: Partey (muscle problem)
Unavailable: Vrsaljko (knee), Correa (illness)
Change in Squad: None
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid are brimming with confidence after defeating the defending Champions in the last round.
Diego Simeone’s men weathered the storm against the newly crowned Premier League and produced a turnaround at Anfield, which saw them win on 4-2 aggregate.
Although Colchoneros finished third in the La Liga table, their Champions League run looks intact.
Players to watch out for
The Portuguese youngster has come under scrutiny after failing to live up to the expectation in his first-ever season in La Liga.
Regardless, the 20-year-old has shown his full-potential on occasions and will be a crucial player for Simeone against Leipzig.
We’ve got a great game against a good side with a young coach who’s doing a great job. They’re a great side, they came third in their league. It’s not just important to win – it’s the only option. I’m only focused on preparing the game in the best way I can and taking the game in the direction we want it to go. I’ll repeat – it’s not important to win, it’s the only thing that you can do.Diego Simeone, Atlético Madrid Manager
Predicted XI: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer, Sabitzer, Kampl, Mukiele; Forsberg, Nkunku; Schick
Unavailable: Konaté (hip)
Change in Squad: Hugo Novoa (added); Ethan Ampadu, Frederik Jäkel, Timo Werner, Hannes Wolf (removed)
Leipzig has enjoyed an impressive season under Julian Nagelsmann, finishing second in the Bundesliga table as well as defeating Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the round of 16.
Die Rotten got the better of Spurs in the last 16, winning the fixture comfortably with 4-0 aggregate.
Players to watch out for
The Austrian midfielder has been impressive under Nagelsmann this term, chipping in with loads of goals and assists for Die Roten Bullen. The 26-year-old also scored a match-winning brace in the second leg against Spurs.
After Timo Werner opted to move for Chelsea – which will see him miss the quarter-finals – Naglesmann’s trump card turns out to be Sabitzer.
Leipzig are optimistic about Sabitzer’s return from a knee injury.
We’ll look to play our game, we’re focused on ourselves. We know they have a lot of experience over two legs – but anything can happen in just one game as opposed to two. There’s pressure and nerves. But we want to relax the players and not increase the pressure ahead. There’s always tension.Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig Manager