In seven days the Atletico Madrid To be or not to be will be played against manchester city on the Champions League at Wanda Metropolitan. A return that the rojiblancos face after a defeat by the minimum in the Etihad Stadium for a goal of Kevin deBruyne. Well, for that match, the rojiblancos will have to overcome two surprising challenges if they want to be in the semifinals.
The first will be to win the first match in the Wanda Metropolitan. This time it will not be worth the Cholo Simeone neither with a tie nor with a defeat to be in the next round. It would be their first win at home in the entire competition. Undoubtedly a surprising fact for the colchoneros but understandable due to the toughness of all the rivals they have faced.
The competition began with a draw against Porto. 0-0 in a bad game in which the Portuguese were able to score in one of the last plays of the game, but the referee annulled the goal and finally the rojiblancos left with a point that has helped them to be in the next phase.
Then they lost to the Liverpool. That day they played a great game but the two English goals just started and the expulsion of Griezmann caused them to end up losing 2-3. A few weeks later they repeated defeat against Milan. They fell 0-1 in a game to forget.
His last home game was against manchester united. A match that they had dominated at all times and that they could win, two balls to the wood avoided it. That together with a goal from Elanga in the last minutes that caused the tie.
Despite all these defeats, the rojiblancos managed to sneak into the top eight teams in Europe.
The terror of the European champions
A trajectory in which the faces have been seen with four champions of Europe different. Something unusual. The Port won the Champions League in 1987 just before future sign up for him Atletico Madrid and then in 2004 by the hand of Jose Mourinho. Liverpool have achieved six Champions League and it is the third team that has the most. He has achieved them in 1977, 78, 81, 84, 2004 and 2019. His next rival was the Milan that surpasses him because he has seven, the one he achieved in 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003 and 2007. Finally, in the round of 16 they faced manchester united who has achieved it three times: 1968, 1998 and 2008.
Curiously, the rojiblancos, the first time they face a team that has never won the Champions League be in the quarterfinals. The manchester city despite being the finalist of the last edition, he has never achieved it. That is why now the colchoneros have a new challenge in this course to leave in the gutter a non-champion team of the Champions League.