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Preview: Atletico Madrid v Roma

This evening (Wednesday 22nd), Atlético de Madrid host Italian giants AS Roma in what is deemed as a crucial Champions League match in the Wanda Metropolitano. Los Colchoneros need to pick up three points to stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

The club currently sit in third place in Group C, gaining three points after drawing both home and away to Azerbaijan side, Qarabag FK, as well as picking up a point in a goalless draw against I Giallorossi at the Stadio Olimpico in September.

The Romans are currently on a six match winning streak, including comfortably beating Chelsea in match day four of the Champions League and defeating rivals Lazio 2-1 at the weekend. This will be the fourth time the sides have faced each other and so far, Atléti have never lost to the Italian side (two wins and one draw).

The side welcomed back defenders Felipe Luis and Lucas Hernandez, as well as Yannick Carrasco and Koke for the weekend’s draw against neighbours, Real Madrid and Diego Simeone will have only one unavailable player for the match, the suspended Stefan Savic.

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Simeone knows the importance of tonight’s match and hopes his team do what needs to be done. “Tomorrow, we must think of ourselves, because there’s one more Champions League match,” the manager said during yesterday’s press conference. “We hope to live up to our expectations.”

Koke also spoke to the press, stating that the players know what they have to do to pick up the three points. “We want to win to stay alive [in the Champions League]. We depend on ourselves to win and then we have to wait and see if we’re lucky,” he said. “We have to do everything possible to win.”

Dutchman Björn Kuipers will officiate the match which will kick off at 20:45 CET.

Expected XI:

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, L. Hernandez, Filipe Luis; Saul, Gabi, Thomas Partey, Ferreira-Carrasco; Correa, Griezmann

Roma: Alisson; Peres, Jesus, Manolas, Kolarov; Strootman, Gonalons, Pellegrini; Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti

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