Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Diego Simeone’s side return to Manchester.
|Date||Tuesday 5th April 2022|
|Kick-Off||20:00 (local time)|
|Competition||UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 1st Leg|
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid Preview
The Etihad stadium will host the first ever competitive meeting between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid this Tuesday evening. A true clash of styles is in place as Pep Guardiola’s passing game goes up against the stout defending and counter attacking ways of Diego Simeone.
The Citizens come into this match after a relatively comfortable result at Turf Moor on Saturday against Burnley. Two goals within the first 25 minutes from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan allowed Pep Guardiola’s side to see out the rest of the match without real trouble and edge ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race whilst being able to rest key players for their European adventure.
City looked to have ran away with the title in January, but a lapse in form (by their own standards) coupled with Liverpool’s extraordinary run has meant the sky blues will have to share as much concentration domestically as they will in Europe, which may be to their detriment.
Manchester City recently dropped points in a loss to Tottenham Hotspur, a game in which Antonio Conte’s team allowed City to have the ball and they themselves played on the counter, something Atletico will likely attempt to do as well.
Pep Guardiola’s side reached this stage of the Champions League after topping a group of Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge and seeing off Sporting Club de Portugal in the Round of 16.
Atletico enter this fixture after a flattering 4-1 win against Alaves this weekend. Gonzalo Escalante levelled for the Basques in the 63rd minute before a late flurry from Joao Felix and Luis Suarez gave Los Colchoneros three goals in the last fifteen minutes of the game.
Los Rojiblancos have led a disappointing attempt to retain the title they won last season, however six wins in their last six domestic matches has allowed the club to grab a top four spot back, a place they now look unlikely to lose. Joao Felix is finally beginning to show why Atletico gambled so much money on him, with
the Portuguese scoring seven goals and getting two assists in his last eight matches.
Atletico qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals by dispatching City’s rivals Manchester United in the Round of 16 after escaping the group of death including Liverpool, Porto and AC Milan before the turn of the year.
Head to Head
- This is the first ever meeting between the two sides.
- Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona defeated Simeone’s Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon in the 2011-12 La Liga campaign.
- The two also met in the 2015-16 Champions League semi-final with Pep then in charge of Bayern, with Cholo Simeone’s team advancing to the final on away goals.
Kyle Walker will miss this match through suspension whilst City’s star defender Ruben Dias is a doubt with a hamstring problem.
As for Atletico, Yannick Carrasco will also be serving a suspension whilst midfielder Hector Herrera will miss out through injury. Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann are expected to start up front for Diego Simeone’s side, although the Argentine will have to choose whether to keep Reinildo at the back or to give Mario Hermoso a return into the starting eleven to replace the Mozambique defender.
Manchester City: Ederson – Cancelo, Laporte, Stones, Zinchenko – Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne – Grealish, Foden, Mahrez (4-3-3)
Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo – Llorente, De Paul, Kondogbia, Koke, Lodi – Griezmann, Felix (3-5-2)
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Atletico Madrid
This fixture should be much more competitive than it would have been had it been played earlier in the season. This match at the Etihad should be tight with Pep Guardiola’s side edging it, however City’s crucial domestic matches against Liverpool in the Premier League and FA cup surrounding this European fixture coupled with the ruckus atmosphere expected at the Wanda Metropolitano could still see Atletico win the second leg and advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fourth time in the past decade.
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