Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich: Champions League preview & predicted line ups

All eyes will be at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night, as Atletico Madrid welcome Bayern Munich in the semifinal first-leg of the Champions League.

After Atleti turfed reigning champs Barcelona out the competition in the last round, it’s hard to look past Diego Simeone’s side.

But they are up against Bayern Munich, the top attacking side in this Champions League campaign with 28 goals.

Indeed, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller have a combined total of 16 goals in the Champions League this season, which is more than the entire Atletico side.

Bayern also have history and experience on their side too. This is the 17th time the Bavarians have reached the European Cup semi-finals. In stark contrast, Atletico have reached the last four on just three previous occasions.

In short, Bayern are probably the pre-time favourite, however this tie can go in either direction.

Atletico are without centre-back Diego Godin, however Fernando Torres should start after scoring five goals in six games. He’ll likely partner Antoine Griezmann in attack, as the Frenchman has scored 20 goals in La Liga this season.

Atleti will also be confident they can record a positive result tonight. The Rojiblancos have won 12 of their 16 Champions League games at the Calderon under Diego Simeone, and they’ve kept a clean sheet in 13 of those last 15 games.

Bayern, meanwhile, are without Arjen Robben, however they are boosted by the return of defender Jerome Boateng for the first time in three months.

Atletico Madrid predicted XI

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Bayern Munich predicted XI

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101 Great Goals predicted: Atletico Madrid 2 – Bayern Munich 1 


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