Manchester City will welcome Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night as both teams look to get the better of each other in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash. The Mancunian giants managed to earn a 2-0 victory over Burnley last weekend which will give them some momentum ahead of this game. Similarly, Atletico Madrid beat Alaves by a 4-1 scoreline, so they could pose a real threat for Man City in midweek.
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid: Talking Tactics
Pep Guardiola will set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation and could ask his players to dominate possession and engineer some clear-cut chances in the attacking end of the field.
Diego Simeone could opt for a 4-4-2 formation and might instruct his men to defend their penalty box with numbers and try to expose some of Man City’s defensive awareness on the counter.
Kyle Walker is suspended for this game while Ruben Dias will also miss this clash due to a hamstring injury. Furthermore, Cole Palmer will be sidelined for this match because of an ankle problem.
Manchester City Predicted XI
Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Stones, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling
Yannick Carrasco will miss this game because of suspension. Otherwise, Simeone has no fresh injury concerns to cope with in midweek.
Atletico Madrid Predicted XI
Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Llorente, De Paul, Kondogbia, Koke, Lodi; Griezmann, Felix
Kevin De Bruyne will serve as Guardiola’s main creative outlet in the opposition half. Both Aymeric Laporte and John Stones will have to produce a solid display collectively if Man City are to keep a clean sheet in midweek.
Jan Oblak can expect a busy night, so he has to find a way to make a few world-class stops and keep the opposition attackers frustrated throughout the 90 minutes.
Renan Lodi made a real difference for Atletico in their win over Manchester United in the last round when he scored the only goal of the second leg. Hence, he will be full of confidence ahead of this European contest. Antoine Griezmann will have to carry most of the goal-scoring burden for his team up top.
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid: Streaming Links
|United Kingdom||BT Sport 2, talkSPORT Radio UK|
|USA||TUDN USA / Paramount+|
|India||Jio TV, Sony Liv|
|Italy||NOW TV, Sky Sport 253|
|Germany||DAZN, DAZN 1|
|New Zealand||Spark Sport|