A 252-day wait is over, as Champions League football returns to the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night.
“In other games, we have had chances to score, some have been successful and others have not,” Diego Simeone said Monday. “But I think the team is doing well, I trust the players and I see the enthusiasm in their game and the desire to improve.”
Atlético will have to take that league-best defense — which has conceded just once in five games — and transfer it to this match. Jesse Marsch’s Salzburg is an explosive side, not unlike its cousin over in Leipzig.
“They are fast, with clear ideas,” Simeone said. “They have very good link-up play, a defined identity and enormous speed with their forwards.”
“If they pass us, we have the best goalkeeper in the world to save us,” Stefan Savić said. “We are all doing a great job defensively.”
Yannick Carrasco has been ruled out with a hamstring pull, and Saúl Ñíguez will miss his fourth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. But despite some concern as he trained individually on Monday, Luis Suárez is in the squad — though he may not start the match.
“With Suárez, I have found the player I spoke to on the phone to see if he had the opportunity to play with us,” Simeone said. “He wants to be here, and he is showing it. That is the greatest virtue that a player with Luis’s standing can demonstrate.”
Possible XI Oblak; Trippier, Giménez, Savić, Lodi; Torreira, Koke, Correa, Vitolo; Félix, Llorente.
Date Oct. 27, 2020
Location Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST
Available TV/streaming Movistar Liga de Campeones 1 (Spain), ESPN Play Sur (Argentina), Optus Sport (Australia), PPTV Sport (China), beIN Sports HD 3 (Morocco), BT Sport App (United Kingdom), CBS All Access (United States)