On Thursday evening, Atletico Madrid will attempt to make a simultaneous victory at the beginning of their 2022-23 Champions League campaign when they face Bayer Leverkusen.
Diego Simeone’s club overcame Porto in their first Group B match, while Leverkusen dropped their first Group B match to Club Brugge.
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Leverkusen placed third in the Bundesliga last year, earning them a spot in the Champions League group stage this year. Despite the presence of Atletico Madrid and Porto, they would have believed they had a chance to advance from GrSylla’
However, Club Brugge defeated the German team in their opening game last week, with Loubadhe Sylla’s goal just before halftime proving to be the deciding factor.
With only four points from six games, Leverkusen has also had a difficult start to their 2022–23 Bundesliga campaign. As a result, they are currently ranked 17th in the standings.
On Saturday, Gerardo Seoane’s team drew with Hertha Berlin. This season, they have only managed one victory overall, which came on the road against Mainz in the league at the end of August.
In the group stage of the 2019–20 competition, Leverkusen played Atletico, losing in the Spanish capital before winning the rematch in Germany.
Atletico will enter this game with 10 points after defeating Celta Vigo on Saturday, moving them into fourth place in the La Liga standings.
After losing to Villarreal 2-0 at home on August 21, Simeone’s team has rebounded admirably, winning three of their previous four games across all competitions, including a victory over Porto in the Champions League. A thrilling conclusion to the game at Wanda Metropolitano saw Mario Hermoso put Atletico ahead in the 91st minute, Mateus Uribe pull Porto even five minutes later, and then Antoine Griezmann seal the victory for the La Liga team in the 11th minute of extra time.
Atletico reached the quarterfinals of the competition last season, losing to Manchester City 1-0 over the course of two legs. Atletico has the minor matter of a Madrid derby against Real Madrid next weekend.
Since reaching the semi-finals in 2016–17, Simeone’s team has not advanced past the final eight in the European Cup. Given their strength and European heritage, they will be expecting to win this division.
Leverkusen is more than capable of making this a challenging game for Atletico, and a home win or a draw would not be unexpected.
However, Simeone’s team is in strong form right now, thus we support them to earn all three points.