Just as they did away to Juventus at the start of the month, Leverkusen are building from the back, attempting to play their way out of their own half with neat one-touch passes. Atleti appear to have anticipated this and are committing plenty of men forward to press. Possession is changing hands pretty frequently right now.
Atletico conceded a late equaliser against Valencia over the weekend as they fell to fifth in LaLiga and three points off the early title pace.
A 3-0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday evening was hardly the ideal preparation for a team currently occupying a mid-table position in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen get the ball rolling in Madrid!
IN THE TUNNEL
The players are lined up and just awaiting the go from the referee to take to the pitch. It’s very nearly go time!
LEVERKUSEN EAGER TO SHOW TRUE COLOURS
Now they face a Leverkusen side that have lost both of their Champions League group matches to date and need to start getting points on the board to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages.
Speaking at the club’s pre-match press conference yesterday, midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger said he and his teammates are determined to make amends following their disappointing 3-0 defeat against Frankfurt on Friday.
“We’re well aware of Atleti’s power and quality,” said the 31-year-old. “They can be extremely compact before launching a lightning-fast counters, but they can also keep the ball too. We’re well prepared on what to expect. We want to show our own qualities in the game and do better than we did against Frankfurt in every area of the pitch.”
Champions League Atletico Madrid line-up vs Bayer Leverkusen: Oblak; Trippier, Gimenez, Hermoso, Lodi; Saul, Koke, Thomas, Lemar; Costa, Morata
What time is kick-off?
The game will kick-off at 10:30 pm on October 22. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 10.25 pm slot and six that will start at 12:30 am on October 23.
What TV channel is it on?
Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season. Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Tuesday night.
CORREA UP FRONT FOR ATLETI
Diego Simeone has also sprung a minor surprise by picking Angel Correo to partner Diego Costa up top, with Alvaro Morata among the substitutes. Simeone has also opted for the experience of Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera for the injured Felix.
Champions League Bayer Leverkusen line-up vs Atletico Madrid: Hradecky; Weiser, Tah, Bender, Wendell; Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger; Bailey, Demirbay, Havertz; Alario