Atlético Madrid have had an appalling campaign on the European front this season, and two disappointing draws against Azerbaijani minnows FK Qarabag have seen Diego Simeone’s side pushed close to the trap door.
Even two wins in their last two group games against AS Roma and Premier League champions Chelsea might still see Atlético knocked out of the competition, but after a somewhat disjointed campaign a winning mentality is desperately required.
Here’s what Atleti have to do to snag a first group stage win of the season on Wednesday.
Stifle the midfield threat
Thomas Partey has been an influential figure for Atlético so far during the current campaign and he will need to be on his very best form Wednesday as he looks to contend with one of Europe’s most industrious midfield trios.
Roma are currently fourth in Serie A and Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman have been at the centre of everything for Eusebio Di Francesco’s men.
If Atleti are to get anything out of the game at the Wanda Metropolitano then keeping that trio quiet is going to absolutely integral.
Find a way to the goal
Los colchoneros have netted just twice in this season’s Champions League — which, considering the amount of attacking talent at Diego Simeone’s disposal, isn’t anywhere near good enough.
If the Spaniards are to keep their faint chances of reaching the first knockout round in alive, then they could really do with finding some scoring prowess on Wednesday evening in front of their adoring yet ever so slightly frustrated army of supporters.
Antoine Griezmann has been abject at best this season and Roma’s visit to the Spanish capital would be the perfect time for him to try and get some of his cynics back onside.
Remain solid at the back
On Saturday, the Atlético back five really stood up to be counted and secured a hard-fought point and clean sheet against reigning league, European and World champions Real Madrid. The clean sheet will have naturally delighted Simeone and had Ángel Correa taken a gilt-edged first-half chance, there is every possibility that Atlético would have claimed all three points from the contest.
Roma were scintillating going forward during their last Champions League outing, a 3-0 win against Chelsea, and have been in inspired form in Serie A. Atleti must continue their resolution in defence should they have any chance at all.