Atletico Madrid take on the visitors Manchester City in the second leg of UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, April 13th at Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Atletico Madrid are now frankly betting on the Champions League. Otherwise, it is impossible not to consider Saturday’s defeat to the modest «Mallorca». The managed to win the fight in the group stage against Milan against Porto – however, both fights with Liverpool ended in defeats. Disputes with the British continued in the playoffs. With the next giant, «Manchester United», coped. In the 1/8 finals at home, it was already quite quickly possible to open the score, but in the end, the confrontation in Madrid against the «Red Devils» could not be won, the guests managed to answer with Elanga’s ball. But at Old Trafford there was already a classic Cholo-Team, which, first of all, they didn’t concede, but scored himself, thanks to Lodi’s efforts. The April voyage to Manchester was less successful. There, too, they clearly relied on defense, so they never hit the target in all 90 minutes.
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Manchester City have received the most unpleasant schedule of all possible. Indeed, on Sunday, already in the domestic arena, I had to clash with the main competitor in the English Premier League, Liverpool. And it took a lot of strength, both psychological and physical. And it’s good that the «Blue Moon» was able to put the squeeze on the Spaniards on its field. They went on the defensive, and, frankly, not everything worked out for Pep Guardiola’s wards. Lucky that now the champions of England have a star in the lineup, that can make a difference. De Bruyne very coolly and clearly disposed of almost the only moment that the club had. By the way, Kevin had never scored in this Champions League before – the Belgian simply could not choose a better moment to score.
Last Tuesday was the first game between the top teams. Manchester City are already used to play without Mendy, Ruben Dias and Palmer. Atlético also traditionally will not be Hector Herrera Bookmakers believe that the hosts will not be able to take the victory – the visitors will be the favorite of the pair, but the match is expected to be a closed one.