There Lazio by Maurizio Sarri will host Cholo Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. A return to the Olimpico for the former midfielder who made the Biancocelesti great twenty years ago. It is certainly the most complex challenge for Sarri’s boys in the group that also counts Feyenoord and Celticand scoring points against the Spaniards would be very important for the standings and above all for morale, a bit down after Saturday’s knockout against Juventus. Kick-off set for 9pm.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LAZIO – ATLETICO MADRID, THE NUMBERS
A great match without a doubt balanced, with the Colchoneros having more international experience but Lazio can count on the field factor, not a point to be underestimated when reading a match. However, this is only the second internal appearance for Sarri’s boys, compared to three external matches: in the first outing of the season in front of their own fans, a narrow defeat against Genoa had arrived. In the last four gamesthe Biancocelesti have always conceded goals, and of the 7 total, 5 came in the first half.
Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, is famous for its defensive phase, which is at times tactically impeccable. It is no coincidence that in the first three La Liga matches, he conceded just one goal. In the last outing against the Valencia However, a painful 3-0 defeat arrived, almost entirely achieved in the first half.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LAZIO – ATLETICO MADRID, THE PREDICTION
A very nervous match is expected, with Lazio controlling possession and Atletico starting by hitting the outside. Both teams could score, especially in the second half, a delicate period for both teams involved.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LAZIO – ATLETICO MADRID, THE PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE
In Lazio, the extra man is Luis Alberto. After a turbulent summer, the Spaniard remained in Formello and is dragging the team on his shoulders at the start of the season. Similar speech also for Morata. After months of transfer market where he was linked to Milan, Roma and Inter, in the end Simeone removed him from the list of departures, giving him confidence. Trust that Morata is repaying in the best possible way by contributing 3 goals at the start of the season. Then against Lazio, he contributed 3 goals and 3 assists in 8 appearances.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LAZIO – ATLETICO MADRID, THE LINE-UPS
LAZIO (4-3-3): Provedel; Marusic, Patric, Romagnoli, Hysaj; Kamada, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni. All.: Sarri.
ATLETICO MADRID (3-5-2): Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Molina, Llorente, Barrios, Saul, Riquelme; Griezmann, Morata. All.: Simeone.
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