The quarter-final stage of the Champions League will continue tomorrow (Thursday) with a very intriguing encounter – R.B. Leipzig and Atletico Madrid will take to the field in Lisbon for a fascinating battle between styles – the lively and offensive football of the Germans led by coach Julian Naglesman, while the Spaniards on the other hand with Diego Simeone’s famous defensive game.
For Leipzig, tomorrow’s game will be the club’s highlight in the European arena, having previously swept Tottenham out of the prestigious factory with 0: 4 in the sum of the two games in the club’s debut in the knockout stage.
Before the exciting game for the Germans told Ngelsman: “It is completely natural that my players are currently full of excitement and motivation for the game. We will have to play patiently against Atletico Madrid’s defense. They do it in an unusual and very orderly way. ”
Unfortunately for the 33-year-old coach, due to the forced corona break he will have to make do without Timo Werner, his senior scorer this season, who was sold to Chelsea: “We have already talked about it a lot. We know we do not have Werner, but we have good attacking players besides him. “I have not yet decided who will open, but I have players who did not play during Werner’s period and now they will have the opportunity to show what they know.”
In terms of lineup, Leipzig will of course rise with Peter Gulashi between the posts. Marcel Halstenberg has been in doubt over the past few weeks, but appears to be opening in the defensive squad, alongside Lucas Klosterman, Dayo Opamcano and Nordi Mukayela.
The link will be made up of Conrad Leimer, Angelinio, Christopher Anconco, Danny Olmo and of course Marcel Savitzer, who will have to carry his team on his back. Patrick Schick will be the striker at Naglesman’s point.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid, which is experienced in the crucial stages of the Champions League, will also play for the first time in the new system, knowing that it has no reciprocity to correct. In fact, since the beginning of February the Colchoneros have not experienced a loss in all competitions, when since returning to the pitches the team has won seven games out of the 11 it has played and thus climbed from sixth place in the league to third place, where it finished.
Apart from the success in the league, it is impossible to forget the Rochiblancos’ duo of victories against Liverpool in the quarter-finals, including a 2: 3 extra time at the home of the European champions. Who might be the main man for Simeone is the young Joao Felix, who was very excited to return to Lisbon.
“The Champions League is the pinnacle for every player, and of course for me too,” he said Felix To the Spanish media. “Playing at this point, in my home in Lisbon, it fills me with pride. I’m here for the coach and to play the ‘cello football’. I will do whatever he demands of me. ”
After the Spanish club announced that Angel Correa and Shima Versalico have been infected with Corona and will not take part in the game, the Argentine coach is expected to come up with Albero Murata alongside Felix at the front, with Coca, Saul and Thomas Party set to hold the link. -11.