A clash of Group A titans will take place Wednesday night, when Atlético Madrid go toe-to-toe with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The reigning Europa League champions will face a stern test at the intimidating Westfalenstadion, as Dortmund have won their first two group games and have run roughshod over their domestic rivals to this point (six wins, two draws, 27 goals scored in the league). While Atlético’s Liga campaign hasn’t taken off to that degree, they too won their games against Monaco and Club Brugge and arrive in Germany a little bit healthier (more on that below).
Atleti and BVB have met twice in a past iteration of this competition, both times in the 1996/97 Champions League group stage. Our Mikeie Reiland chronicled those games earlier this week.
Diego Simeone has welcomed Diego Costa and Stefan Savić back to the squad — the former hasn’t appeared since the win of Bruges and the latter has been out nearly two months with a deep bruise that affected a vein in his leg. It seems likely Costa will start next to Antoine Griezmann and Simeone will reinsert Thomas Lemar into the XI. Diego Godín came on as a substitute in Saturday’s draw at Villarreal, and it’s expected the captain will retain his starting place Wednesday night.
Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Lucas, Filipe Luís; Rodri, Saúl, Koke, Lemar; Griezmann, Costa.
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Atlético Madrid.
How to watch
Date: Oct. 24, 2018
Location: Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany
Kickoff time: 9:00 p.m. CEST, 8:00 p.m. GMT/BST, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: Fear the Wall
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