Current UEFA Champions League holders Barcelona will hope to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat in the El Clasico when they host Atletico Madrid the in first leg of their Champions League quarter-final encounter.
The Blaugrana were outwitted tactically by Real Madrid in that game but their overall record is still impressive with 32 wins and seven draws in their previous 39 outings before Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner put an end to that astonishing run.
They must now turn their attention to this fixture on Tuesday which happens to be a repeat of the 2013/14 quarter-finals where they were knocked out by Atletico.
Diego Simeone’s men are coming into this match off the back of a 5-1 win over Real Betis, which should put them in a good mood ahead of this crucial first leg tie.
They only managed to beat PSV on penalties in the last round after squandering several chances to score but they simply have to make the most of their opportunities against Barcelona if they hope to get anything of of this game.
KEY STAT: Atletico Madrid are winless in the last six meetings between the sides with no draws and six defeats.
Barcelona will likely stick to their regular starting XI despite the defeat to Real Madrid last weekend. Marc-Andre ter Stegen will return in goal but the remainder of the side will likely be unchanged for this fixture.
Atletico Madrid have a host of injury problems especially defensively as Diego Godin, Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez have been ruled out of this match. Yannick Carrasco is also on the sidelines with an ankle problem while Saul Nigez remains doubtful after picking up an injury against Betis.
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