Atlético and Bayern renew rivalry

22 Sep

Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Bayern München meet again in their second Group D game just five months after Atleti overcame the German titleholders on away goals in a closely contested UEFA Champions League semi-final.

• It is a contest which also renews the rivalry between Atlético coach Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti who, as Real Madrid CF coach, oversaw the Rojiblancos’ defeat in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final.

Previous meetings
• Eventual runners-up Atlético won the first leg of last season’s semi-final 1-0 at home through a Saúl Ñíguez goal. Bayern won the return 2-1, Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski scoring either side of Antoine Griezmann on a night when Thomas Müller and Fernando Torres both had penalties saved.

• The line-ups for the first leg in Madrid on 27 April were:
Atlético: Oblak, Juanfran, Giménez, Savić, Filipe Luís, Saúl (Partey 85), Gabi, Augusto, Koke, Griezmann, Torres.
Bayern: Neuer, Lahm, Martínez, Alaba, Bernat (Benatia 77), Alonso, Thiago Alcántara (Müller 70), Vidal, Coman (Ribéry 64), Lewandowski, Douglas Costa.

• The clubs had previously met in the 1974 European Cup final in Brussels where Bayern prevailed after a replay – the only time this has happened in a final.

• Atlético were seconds away from winning the first match after a Luis Aragonés goal (114) but Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck’s 120th-minute equaliser rescued Bayern, who won the replay 48 hours later through two goals each from Uli Hoeness and Gerd Müller.

Match background

• Simeone’s men opened their Group D programme with a 1-0 victory at PSV Eindhoven.

• They have won 25 of their last 30 European matches at the Vicente Calderón, losing just twice.

• Atlético are on a six-match unbeaten run at home to German clubs (W5 D1), dating back to a 1-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund in the 1996/97 group stage.

• Their home record against Bundesliga opposition is P17 W12 D2 L3; overall it is P36 W17 D6 L13.

• Bayern began their campaign with an impressive 5-0 home victory over FC Rostov.

• They have won just two of their last ten UEFA Champions League away matches (D3 L5).

• The Bavarians have lost and failed to score on their last three visits to Spain – all in UEFA Champions League semi-finals (0-1 v Atlético, 2016; 0-3 v FC Barcelona, 2015; 0-1 v Real Madrid CF, 2014).

• The German club have won on only two of their last 13 trips to Spain, losing nine. Their overall record in Spain is P24 W6 D5 L13; overall against Spanish clubs it is P51 W24 D12 L15.

Coach and player links
• Atlético lost the 2014 UEFA Champions League final 4-1 to Ancelotti’s Real Madrid. Overall, Ancelotti’s record against Simeone’s team in Madrid derbies was W4 D4 L5.

• As an SS Lazio player in April 2000, Simeone scored the only goal in a 1-0 success at Ancelotti’s Juventus in the penultimate month of a season where Lazio won the Scudetto by a single point from the Bianconeri.

• Antoine Griezmann scored both goals for France in their UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final victory over a Germany side including Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller.

• Renato Sanches played in Portugal’s EURO final triumph over Griezmann’s France. Kingsley Coman came on as a substitute for Les Bleus.

• Nicolas Gaitán was in the SL Benfica team beaten by Bayern (2-3 aggregate) in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

• Renato Sanches lost 2-1 at home to Atlético with Benfica in last season’s group stage; Arturo Vidal’s Juventus lost 1-0 at the Vicente Calderón in the 2014/15 group stage.

• Kevin Gameiro struck for Sevilla FC in a 3-0 defeat of VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in last season’s group stage.

• Stefan Savić played for Manchester City FC in a 2-0 group stage home victory over Bayern in 2011/12.

• Fernando Torres appeared as a substitute in Chelsea FC’s 2012 UEFA Champions League final triumph over Bayern in Munich.

• Bayern players who have faced Atlético in Spain:
Xabi Alonso (Real Sociedad de Fútbol, 2001–04, Real Madrid, 2009–14) – P21 W15 D3 L3 v Atlético
Juan Bernat (Valencia CF, 2012–14) – P4 D2 L2 v Atlético
Javi Martínez (Athletic Club, 2006–13) – P13 W5 L8 v Atlético
Thiago Alcántara (FC Barcelona, 2008–13) – P2 W2 v Atlético
Arjen Robben (Real Madrid CF, 2007–09) – P1 D1 v Atlético

• Javi Martínez’s stats against Atlético include a 3-0 defeat with Athletic Club in the 2012 UEFA Europa League final.

• International team-mates:
Juanfran, Koke, Fernando Torres & Juan Bernat, Javi Martínez, Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcántara (Spain)
Antoine Griezmann & Kingsley Coman, Franck Ribéry (France)
Filipe Luís & Douglas Costa (Brazil)

• Have played together in club football:
Tiago & Arjen Robben (Chelsea FC, 2004/05)


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