The Atletico Madrid return to Manchester a fetish city for those of Diego Pablo Simeone. Barely three weeks after they managed to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and thus earn a position in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, the rojiblancos return to the British city. Although now, to measure Pep Guardiola’s almighty Manchester City.
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The doubts of the ‘Cholo’
Simeone also travels with three casualties very important. Yannick Carrasco remains suspendedwhile Héctor Herrera, one of the best at Atleti in the last two months, is injured. In addition, Josema Giménez, a key player in the defense, has also fallen. Given this, it is expected that the ‘Cholo’ bet on Felipe Augusto at the center of the defense, together with Stefan Savic and Reinildo Mandavain his characteristic 1-3-4-1-2.
It is expected that Sime Vrsaljko and Renan Lodi play down the lanes, although there is the option that Rodrigo De Paul and Geoffrey Kondogbia appear in the middle with the great captain Resurrection Koke to shield the center of the field. If that happened, Marcos Llorente would play on the right side and Vrsaljko and Thomas Lemar would be the great victims. Moreover, logic says that the Frenchman will wait his turn on the bench and that Kondogbia will play in the center of the field, to contain the attacks of the ‘citizens’. Above, there are no doubts: Joao Félix and Antoine Griezmann.
The City, with losses in defense… but a lot of potential
All this to contain the Manchester City, a team with a lot of bite. Of course, he also faces the clash with two important casualties in defense: Rúben Dias is injured and Kyle Walker is suspended. What’s more, John Stones drags discomfort, although it is expected to be from the game. The normal thing is that Joao Cancelo, who usually plays left backreplace Walker in the right, with Oleksandr Zinchenko entering the eleven as a left winger. While, if Stones does not arrive, it will be Nathan Aké, ex-Bournemouth, who plays alongside Aymeric Laporte in the defense axis.
Otherwise, Guardiola has endless alternatives. The Spanish Rodri Hernández, ex Atleti, will support his team from midfield, where he will play alongside two first world-class swords such as Bernardo Silva and Kevin DeBruyne. Above, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez will strike from the wings, with Raheem Sterling as ‘false nine’. Even though Ilkay Gündogan could also enter the teamto give more pack the midfield and free De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva. The ‘citizen’ repertoire, therefore, is the widest. Although the Athletic it is clear that he will go out to die at the Etihad. There’s no doubt.
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MANCHESTER CITY VS. ATLETICO MADRID
Man City (1-4-3-3): Edison; Joao Cancelo, Stones/Ake, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez/Gundogan, Sterling and Foden
Atletico Madrid (1-3-4-1-2): Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Reinildo; Vrsaljko/DePaul, Koke, Kondogbia/Lemar, Renan Lodi; Marcos Llorente; Joao Felix and Griezmann