Atlético Madrid won the first leg of Champions League knockout round against Liverpool 1-0. Most experts certainly did not expect the defending champion to lose, as the designated English champions are currently clearing everything out of the way. Our preview for Liverpool – Atlético (March 11, 2020, kick-off at 9 p.m.) reveals why the Reds are still favorites to progress.
Atlético Madrid – Liverpool: This is how the first leg went
Jürgen Klopp’s team returned to the place of triumph about eight months after winning the Champions League. However, the Reds could unexpectedly set little offensive accents. Atlético, on the other hand, worked with great passion and discipline in this first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Saul Niguez was able to turn the first chance into a goal after just four minutes – it should be the only one of the evening, the Spaniards won 1-0. Liverpool didn’t think much despite 70 percent possession. “Atlético defended outstandingly in the pits,” Klopp had to say after the final whistle.
The current form curve
No question: Jürgen Klopp’s team is currently the strongest team in the world. Incidentally, officially, after all, Liverpool won the FIFA Club World Cup in December. Liverpool have been without a defeat in the Premier League for well over a year and march straight to the first championship since 1990. Small blemishes: In the Champions League you lost 0-2 at SSC Napoli this season – and the first leg in the Metropolitano at Atlético Madrid.
Atlético is in transition after the departure of Griezmann, Hernandez, Rodri, Godín and Filipe Luís, is currently lagging behind its own demands. There have been plenty of defeats since the turn of the year. After the short winter break, coach Diego Simeone’s team narrowly won against Levante, and after the Spanish Supercopa held in Saudi Arabia, they won no more games. Among other things, the city derby was lost to Real 0-1. Even if you do not play for the title, you are in the target in terms of Champions League ranks. Meanwhile, Diego Simeone’s team has caught up again, won in La Liga against Granada (1-0), scored a point in Valencia (2-2) and beat Villarreal (3-1).
Staff: Atléticos again with Felix and Morata, Liverpool without Henderson
Simeone is considered a hard grinder, pushing his players enormously. In Spain it is rumored that the season preparation was too hard this year. After all: In the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Liverpool, the Rojiblancos can again look to their important attackers: Álvaro Morata and 127 million man João Félix reported fit again. Kieran Trippier, who was recently operated on the groin, is also back and even an option for the starting XI. There is still a big question mark after Diego Costa returns to the second leg in Anfield.
The personnel situation at Liverpool is more relaxed: Only captain Jordan Henderson should not be fit for the second leg due to a thigh injury. Otherwise, Klopp can compete against “Atléti” at full power.
Liverpool – Atlético Madrid: Live on DAZN
The streaming provider DAZN shows you the duel from the Anfield Stadium live and exclusively in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. DAZN starts the preliminary reports at 8:40 p.m., kick-off is then 9 p.m.
Atlético Madrid v Liverpool: Bets and odds
The sports newspaper “Marca” has recently glorified Liverpool as “La máquina de Europa” (The Machine of Europe) and sees the English clearly at an advantage over Atlético Madrid. We, too, assume that the Reds will advance – the performances of the Klopp team this season are too strong. Liverpool has recently shown that it can turn residues at home – remember the spectacular 4-0 win over FC Barcelona. The Tipster odds for a progress from Liverpool is 1.80 lower than that of the Spaniards (1.90). We assume that Atlético will not be able to withstand this permanent pressure from the Reds and we even expect a win with at least two goals difference. Odds for a handicap win (0: 1) Liverpool against Atlético Madrid: 2.20.