Champions League – Group A – Monaco vs Atletico Madrid / Wednesday 19th September / Venue: Stade Louis II
Despite the presence of attackers like Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in a star-studded lineup, Atletico Madrid’s performances hardly betray the same impact on the pitch as evident from their dismal performance against Eibar.
Diego Simeone’s side barely managed to squeeze through a draw against the La Liga outfit in extra time with substitute Borja Garces who has been hailed as the next Fernando Torres delivering the goods when it mattered the most.
The Argentinian manager will certainly be a worried man considering the lack of composure and solidity demonstrated by his side in recent fixtures.
This slump in form will certainly be all the more worrying for the Spanish outfit considering their upcoming away clash against Ligue 1 outfit Monaco who have been known to eke out results against some of the best in the business.
Monaco, on the other hand, are in all sorts of trouble themselves having lost out on the services of reliable footballers like Fabinho and Thomas Lemar over the summer.
The Ligue 1 outfit are currently placed 15th on the Ligue 1 table with just 5 points in the kitty which is certainly not what manager Leonardo Jardim was expecting at the start of the season.
Both the sides will be on the lookout for a comprehensive win which can further boost their chances of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League in the coming weeks.
- The Ligue 1 outfit finished bottom of their UCL group last season, although Atlético Madrid also suffered an early exit themselves.
- This is the first clash between the two outfits over the course of Champions League history.