Liverpool and Atlético Madrid meet forces at Anfield, in a return match for this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals), after Atlético Madrid home win by (1‑0) in the first leg. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 2 matches won 1 and tied 1. Atlético Madrid presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this match the home factor may be decisive.
After the defeat in the first leg, the home team comes to this game at a disadvantageous disadvantage, since it needs to recover 1 goal disadvantage and has not scored any goal away from the previous match. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses as a visitor, with 23 goals scored and 17 suffered; against 13 wins and 2 draws in his stadium, with 31 goals scored and 9 suffered. In the last game they played, for the Premier League, they defeated AFC Bournemouth at home by (2‑1). Liverpool have recorded 10 wins in their last 10 home matches. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 6 of the last 7 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 31 of the last 35 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times and only got 1 comeback.
The Liverpool team comes to this match with a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth, ending two consecutive losses in official games. We recall that the English team lost to Atlético de Madrid, 1-0, in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League. Now, in this match with the support of his fans, coach Jürgen Klopp will have to organize his team into a 4-3-3, benefiting from possession of the ball and organized attacks, mainly from the flanks: Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino must play on the attacking front. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer in official competitions, with 20 goals scored. Outside of this game are Henderson, Clyne, Shaqiri and Robertson, all with physical problems.
Atlético Madrid :
The away team comes to this second leg with a 1 goal advantage, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. This is a stronger team with the support of their fans, since in the last 30 games they have recorded 2 wins, 9 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 13 goals scored and 16 suffered; against 9 victories, 5 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 20 goals scored and 7 suffered. The team comes to this match after a home draw with Sevilla by (2‑2). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Atlético Madrid have won 2, tied 3 and lost 5. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 6 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he only got 1 comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 20 goals between minutes (46′ ‑ 60 ‘).
The Atlético de Madrid team comes to this match with a draw, two, at the reception for Sevilla, thus adding the second consecutive game without winning in the Spanish championship: Morata and João Félix scored the team’s goals. It is important to note that Atlético Madrid beat Liverpool in the first match of this tie. In this match against the powerful Liverpool, the current champion, coach Diego Simeone must maintain the usual 4-4-2, benefiting from the organization of his defensive block and the counterattacks on the flanks. The Spanish Álvaro Morata stands out in Atlético de Madrid, with 11 goals scored. Outside of this game are Lemar and Romera, both with physical problems.