This particular Champions League round of 16 contest has not attracted as much attention as it should largely due to the more glamorous nature of the other sides. However, the tie is certain to be a feisty affair between two sides that prioritize on playing a brand of football which is appreciated by true fans of the game.
Atletico Madrid are one of the outside favorites for the first leg but the Spaniards must ensure that they don’t let the pressure get to them away from home and they should be backed to take a win back to Spain tonight.
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Diego Simeone’s men have struggled in front of goal this season due to which they have been unsuccessful in challenging on all fronts. However, they do have one of the most versatile midfield in Europe which is complimented perfectly by a resolute defense.
PSV on the other hand, should not be taken lightly.
The Dutch champions have already shown that they can get the better of most of the teams featuring in this competition and will be looking to their defense to show the same resolve it did during the group stages of the competition.
And while Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has pointed out that the Eredvisie outfit might find it hard to match Atletico physically, they might show a more tactical side to their game at home. Luuk de Jong will be missing rom the lineup through suspension, while Andres Guardado and Maxime Lestienne are struggling with injuries.
Atletico have injury worries themselves, with Tiago, Augusto Fernandez, Thomas Partey and Yannick Carrasco all missing the trip.
The match is unlikely to grab the biggest headlines but the stage is indeed set for Atletico Madrid to return to their usual best as they look to progress further in the competition.
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