UEFA Champions League. Round of 16. Second Leg
15 March 2016, 20:45 GMT+1
Venue: Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain
Referee: Mark Clattenburg, England
The first match between the teams went in a harsh battle, but ended with 0-0 draw, making this clash one of the most competitive duels in the second leg. The Netherlands leader was able to create problems for the Spanish grand, not letting Atletico score an away goal. Both of the teams have almost optimal squads before this game and are fully fit for tonight’s clash. Let’s go through some details before the game starts…
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Coach: Diego Simeone
Current form: D_W_W_W_W
Situation in domestic league:
After the first leg match against PSV, Atletico has won 4 games out of 4 played in Spanish La Liga, one of which, an away Madrid derby against Real Madrid (0-1). The team are resting on the 2nd position in the league table, continuing their pursuit after the leading 1st position, although there is 8 point gap between them.
Missing Players: Tiago, Savic (both injured)
Coach: Phillip Cocu
Current form: W_D_W_W_D
Situation in domestic league and cups:
PSV are leaders in the domestic league, going 23 matches without a loss. However, Ajax is as successful this season and has only 1 point less than the leaders. After the first leg game against Atletico Madrid, PSV had 2 wins and 1 draw.
Missing Players: Poulsen (injured), Pereiro (suspended)
PSV made a big step towards success not letting the Spanish club score during their home game. Now PSV will not have the immediate need to score and can play in defensive style. On contrast, Atletico, which have the style of giving the ball to the opponent and ruining their game, need to initiate to score a goal at home, which puts them in a very uncomfortable situation. Is Simeone’s team ready to transform tactically?
By: Inga Voskerchian