Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League will witness yet another mouth-watering featuring teams from Spain and Germany when Bayern Munich take on Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night. The clash will be a definite high voltage one as the last time these two powerhouses met in the competition, Atletico got the better of Bayern with a brilliant Saul Niguez effort in the first leg fixture triggering the onset of the Spanish team’s place in the finals of Europe’s elite club competition. Also in focus will be the managers of both teams with Diego Simeone due to face-off against Carlo Ancelotti again. These two football managers met quite a few times during Ancelotti’s time at the helm in the Santiago Bernabeu and it is safe to say that they both have an equal head-to-head record although Ancelotti got the better of Simeone’s Atletico in the finals of the 2014 Champions League campaign. All this will be forgotten as the two semi-finalists are all set to take the field against each other in the 2nd game of this year’s Champions league campaign. The Bavarians come into the fixture with four back-to-back wins including the 5-0 routing of FC Rostov on Matchday 1 of the Champions league and are top of the Bundesliga league table as of now with 5 wins out of 5 games played. Atletico got off to a comparatively poorer start and are third placed in La Lig with just 3 wins out of 6 games played although are going into this game on the back of 8 games unbeaten run. They defeated PSV on matchday 1 by a one-goal margin and on paper look the weaker team on the basis of form but that hardly matters on the football pitch.
Bayern Munich Vs Atletico Madrid: Team news
Diego Simeone will without the services of shot stopper Miguel Angel Moya, who is out with a knee Injury. Youngster Angel Correa who came on as a substitute to equalise against Barcelona might just be in the correct form for Simeone to hand him his first Champions league first-team start although the youngster is far off from the kind of experience required to play in such a high profile star-studded fixture.Diego Simeone has confirmed that veteran striker Fernando Torres will start Wednesday’s fixture at the Calderon.The former Liverpool and Chelsea player featured in both Atletico’s meetings with Bayern in last year’s UCL semifinals — missing a penalty in the second leg in Munich and has just started in one game this season. Injuries to midfielder Augusto Fernandez and defender Jose Gimenez on Sunday represent a major blow to Atltico will also be a setback to the Spanish side.
Bayern Manager Carlo Ancelotti will only be missing Holger Badstuber for this juicy clash in Spain. The German is currently nursing a muscle injury. Mats Hummels will return to the squad after a minor injury scare in training last week although team physio cleared him to be totally match-fit ahead of the fixture in Spain and the German will look to take his place in the heart of defence alongside fellow countryman Jerome Boateng.
Bayern Munich Vs Atletico Madrid: Manager Speak
“The players are almost the same, possibly a bit stronger with [David] Alaba and [Franck] Ribery on the left who connect well going forward,” The arrival of [Mats] Hummels brings experience, height and leadership. Plus all the brilliant players they have — so they are a complete squad. It will be very similar to the recent game, collectively and individually they are very important players.”
“It’s always a pleasure to come back to Madrid but it’s not exactly great to come back to the Calderon. It’s always a pleasure to come back to Madrid but it’s not exactly great to come back to the Calderon.They are very organised and play with a lot of intensity.”
Bayern Munich Vs Atletico Madrid: Predicted Starting Line-ups
Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1)
Neuer – Alaba, Boateng, Hummels, Rafinha – Kimmich, Vidal, Sanches – Muller, Lewandowski, Douglas
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2)
Oblak – Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Felipe Luis – Koke, Gabi, Carrasco, Gaitan – Griezmann, Gameiro
Bayern Munich Vs Atletico Madrid: Match Details
Time: 12:15 AM IST,2:45 p.m. EDT
Venue:Vicente Caldern, Madrid
Match Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Bayern Munich Vs Atletico Madrid: TV Guide
The match between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich will be broadcasted in the USA via Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Soccer 2Go app, BTSport in the UK and the Ten Sports Network in India
For Live streaming of the match refer to the link here.
Bayern Munich Vs Atletico Madrid: Match Predictions
Keeping in mind the typical German style of revenge, the Bavarians will be out to draw first blood in the fixture and with a formidable back line as well as a good offensive set-up, Bayern does seem to have the edge in the fixture. Although Atletico will be playing at home, they will surely feel the pressure of the match against a rampant Bayern who are quite on a goal-scoring spree. our prediction is a goalless draw for the fixture where both teams will be unable to find the back of each other’s net owing to the formidable defence line-ups of each side.