09/28/2021 at 1:50 PM CEST
Atlético de Madrid visit San Siro on the second day of the Champions League with needs after the draw to nothing against Porto in the premiere of the 2021/22 edition. After falling into Mendizorroza in a surprising way in LaLiga, Cholo Simeone’s men need a victory to boost morale and not lose Liverpool’s wake, which is the top favorite of the group.
The rojiblancos, who they have only won one match out of the last four and they will be able to count on Thomas Lemar again, they look for the three points in a territory in which they already know what it is to be victorious: a goal from Diego Costa left the Italians on the ropes in the first leg of the round of 16 of the 2013/14 edition. They thrashed on the return leg and reached the second final in their history.
The Italians, for their part, arrive in good dynamics: after losing to Liverpool and drawing against Juventus in Serie A, they add two victories that keep them in the privileged zone of Calcio. Runners-up in Italy last season, those of Stefano Pioli want to continue growing and consolidate in the maximum continental competition after seven years of absence.
Outstanding accounts for rossoneri
The match at San Siro is vital to the aspirations of both clubs in the tournament: None of them achieved victory in the premiere and, according to the forecasts, they will have to fight for second place that gives access to the final rounds, since Liverpool has everything to face to take first place and access as first in the group.
Italians want to redeem themselves from the last (and first) time they met in the Champions League. They fell in the round of 16 clearly, with a 5-1 on aggregate of the tie, and since then they have not set foot on European soil again. An especially striking drought for the second most successful team in the history of the competition.