Atlético de Madrid resume their dream of lifting the Champions League for the first time in their history. To do this, they will first have to overcome Leipzig in the quarterfinals, a clash that will be played at the José Alvalade in a single game and that would allow Simeone’s men to stand in the semifinal of the gold competition of the old continent.
Lisbon. That city that brings bad memories to the mattress makers. That 2014. That minute 93. Far behind is that game until today, with another final lost in 2016. There are already three in the history of Atlético de Madrid although they had not yet been born in that final of 1974. But that ‘another way of understanding life’ does not understand surrender and the mattress entity will face this atypical Champions League with the illusion and desire to raise the Orejona to the sky of Portugal.
That shadow of ‘pupae’ that has haunted Atlético, that way of being capable of the best and the worst makes us think that this Champions League could be that of Atlético’s men. The more affordable side of the table, with all due respect to the rivals and that in football you never know, and the one-game playoffs invited us to think that way. But the fans forgot the worst, of what a few days ago almost ruined the illusion of winning the competition after the two positives.
Correa and Vrsaljko are those two footballers affected by the coronavirus and they will not be able to face Leipzig. The rest of the squad will be available for Cholo Simeone, although Thomas has few sessions with the rest of his classmates and Joao Félix points to the bench. The one who could start to give strength and claw to the center of the field is Héctor Herrera, who would displace Saúl to the band. Up will be Diego Costa with Llorente, who will try to be the hero again as he was at Anfield by eliminating the current champion of the Champions.
Ahead will be one of the revelation teams from the Bundesliga and Europe in recent years. Leipzig have finished their league in third position and have been planted for the first time in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, making them one of the rookies in the competition. Despite that, it is a warrior team that defends well, but He has lost his goal man: Timo Werner.
The German striker signed with Chelsea and agreed with Leipzig that he would not extend his contract until the end of the Champions League. After his departure, one of the biggest threats will be that of Dani Olmo, Spanish footballer who shone at Dinamo Zagreb and made the leap to Leipzig to continue growing.