Atlético de Madrid will face on Tuesday at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium (21.00 hours) an important duel against the German Borussia Dortmund to not complicate their future in the Champions League and it will also reduced by the absence of several holders due to injury.
A week and a half ago, in the Signal Iduna Park, the 'wasps' of Lucien Favre they stung with forcefulness to the rojiblancos, to which they endorsed a hard 4-0, a marker little seen in the 'era Simeone' on the bench 'colchonero' and that put uphill, not the ticket to eighths, but the first place .
The German team has full points for this second round and scoring in the feud mattress would give him practically the considered important leadership for some theoretically affordable crosses, something for which he wants to disturb the Madrid team, also eager to return the blow to his rival after a game that the 'Cholo' always described as deceptive in its result.
The victory of Atletico would tighten things and, given the difficulty of returning the win to the 1997 European champion, both for the current strength of this and the lack of red and white marksmanship, would serve to pressure the leader of the Bundesliga, but the defeat could complicate things, not urgently, because Bruges and Monaco do not currently seem frightening opponents.
However, the greatest difficulty comes from the physical problems that are currently going through the whole of Diego Pablo Simeone who will not be able to count on important starters like Koke Resurrección, Diego Costa and Thomas Lemar, in addition to Stefan Savic. None of them trained in the previous one for their different muscular problems and they will not be before the seated Dortmund.
Nor will Captain Diego Godín be, also absent from the Leganés muscle discomfort and training on Monday after not being on Sunday for a gastroenteritis that continues convalescing. His place in the center of the rear, next to the Uruguayan José María Giménez, will be occupied by the Frenchman Lucas Hernández. Arias would repeat on the right side and on the left would be for Filipe Luis.
In the center of the field, Rodri Hernández, whose entry in Dortmund in the second half improved the performance of the team, and Saúl will remain, and we will have to see how the bands configure the 'Cholo'. Correa seems fixed in one and the hole that leaves at the last minute Lemar could be taken advantage of by the pause of Vitolo or by the speed of Gelson Martins, although Saul could also enter there for Thomas to play in the midfield.
Above, next to Antoine Griezmann, it would be the turn of Nikola Kalinic, substitute in Butarque in spite of the loss of Diego Costa since Simeone tried with a pair Griezmann-Gelson. This experiment did not work too much for an Atlético who returned to leave a discreet image at an offensive level that has to improve ostensibly under the protection of a supporter who wants to see a better version of his team against an important opponent at this moment.
And Borussia Dortmund has started the season very firmly. Unbeaten so far, the German team leads the Bundesliga before being measured the weekend that comes to Bayern in the Allianz Arena and in its European journey has not yet conceded any goal.
Lucien Favre can also count on the Wanda Metropolitan with a better theoretical eleven with which he thrashed Atlético at home as he recovers the Spanish striker Paco Alcácer, that missed that clash due to muscular problems and that will be the '9' holder in search of continuing his scoring streak, and also to the central Akanji.
With more weapons, the 'borussers' will oppose the traditional intensity of German football and the danger that comes with an attack where the Valencian attacker is backed by the quality of Reus and the talent and speed of Pulisic.
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Arias, Lucas Hernández, Giménez, Filipe Luis; Correa, Rodri, Saúl, Vitolo; Griezmann and Kalinic.
Borussia Dortmund: Burki; Piszczek, Akanji, Zagadou, Achraf; Witsel, Delaney; Pulisic, Reus, Bruun Larsen; and Paco Alcácer.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA).
Stadium: Metropolitan Wanda.