Heaven is ready! Wanda Metropolitano is equipped to host the highly anticipated showdown between the in-form Liverpool and the giant killer – Atletico Madrid, in the first leg of the round sixteen of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League. This is one of the biggest matches all football fans are looking forward to watching.
However, who will rescue Atletico Madrid from an impending defeat against the Reds?
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No doubt, Atletico Madrid has lost this showdown with Liverpool on paper. Despite their recent 1-0 win against Granada, Diego Simeone’s side is still not a force that can throw a spanner in the wheel of the highly in-inform Liverpool team. Their season has been topsy turvy, and sometimes you will need to berate Diego Simeone for his lackluster revolution.
Atletico Madrid’s latest injury news is a clear indication that Diego Simeone’s side may jettison their ambition of becoming another UEFA Champions League Finalist. They’ve lost Alvaro Morata, Joao Felix, Kieran Trippier to injuries and the likelihood that Diego Simeone will feature players like Diego Costa, Jose Gimenez, Santiago Arias and Hector Herrera who may rescue them from an impending defeat against the Reds is hanging in the balance.
However, there is hope for the toothless Diego Simeone side if they can play safe and perhaps, step up their game and get a win in their league game at Valencia, instead of rally round a sheer of luck when facing Liverpool. Also, with the help of Jan Oblak who has been consistent despite the erratic performance of other players, Diego Simeone’s side should be able to withstand the wiles and pressures poise by the defending champion.
Meanwhile, all odds seem to favor Liverpool. They have played a total of 41 games this season in all competition; they lost just twice and remain unbeaten in their domestic league. They will hopefully be with Sadio Mane who picked up a muscle injury at 2-1 win against Wolves when they travel to Wanda Metropolitano.
“He will not be fit for West Ham, nor Southampton, but after that fine. “The week after is fine for him to get back on track. It was a small muscle tear and it was enough to keep him out for three games. We were lucky with the injury that it was not that serious.” Said, Jurgen Klopp.
Also, Liverpool has enjoyed the luxuries of having a winter break. These are enough to sway Diego Simeone men off the coast in this showdown.
So, who will rescue Atletico Madrid from an impending defeat against Liverpool – the UEFA Champion League defending champion? Could it be Jan Oblak or Diego Simeone Himself? Let’s wait and see!