Bayern in need of Atlético turnaround

FC Bayern München are bidding to avoid losing in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals to Spanish opposition for the third season running, although Club Atlético de Madrid have recent form when it comes to impressive away last-four performances.

Atlético also hold the upper hand in the tie, scoring the only goal of the first leg through Saúl Ñíguez’s fabulous early solo strike.

• While Diego Simeone’s Atlético have reached the last four for the second time in three years, Bayern are appearing at this stage for the fifth year in a row.

• This tie will prompt particularly fond memories for Bayern, who claimed the first of their five European Cups in 1974 with victory against Atlético after a replay – the only time that happened in a final.

Previous meetings
• Before the first leg, the teams had played only twice before, in that 1974 European Cup final – both sides’ first. Atlético were second away from taking the trophy at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels when Luis Aragonés gave them a 114th-minute lead, only for Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck to level six minutes later.

• The sides on 15 May 1974 were:
Bayern: Maier, Hansen, Beckenbauer, Schwarzenbeck, Breitner, Roth, Zobel, Kapellmann, Torstensson (Dürnberger 75), Müller, Hoeness.
Atlético: Reina, Melo, Heredia, Eusebio, Capón, Adelardo, Aragonés, Salcedo (Alberto 85), Ufarte (Becerra 60), Irureta, Gárate.

• Two days later, the teams returned to the Heysel Stadium for what would be the only final replay in European Cup history, and this time Bayern ran out 4-0 winners thanks to two goals each from Uli Hoeness (28 82) and Gerd Müller (56 69). It was the first of what would be three successive final wins for Bayern.

• The sides on 17 May 1974 were:
Atlético: Reina, Melo, Heredia, Eusebio, Capón, Adelardo (Benegas 59), Aragonés, Salcedo, Gárate, Alberto (Ufarte 65), Becerra.
Bayern: Maier, Hansen, Beckenbauer, Schwarzenbeck, Breitner, Roth, Zobel, Kapellmann, Torstensson, Müller, Hoeness.

Match background

• Bayern have lost to Spanish clubs in the semi-finals in each of the last two seasons, going down 4-0 at home to Real Madrid in 2013/14 (0-5 aggregate) and bowing out despite a 3-2 win against Barcelona last year (3-5 aggregate).

• That Madrid defeat ended a ten-game unbeaten run at home to Spanish sides. Bayern’s record against Liga clubs in Munich is P23 W16 D5 L2. The Madrid reverse is the only game they have failed to win of the last six such contests.

• Bayern have been unstoppable at home in this season’s UEFA Champions League, winning all five games – although they needed extra time, and a recovery from 2-0 down, to beat Juventus in the round of 16 second leg.

• Bayern have won all 11 home UEFA Champions League home games since losing to Madrid, and are one win away from equalling the competition record set by Manchester United FC between 13 September 2006 and 29 April 2008.

• They won their home group games against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC with an aggregate score of 14-1. SL Benfica were beaten 1-0 in the quarter-final first leg.

• Bayern’s European Cup semi-final record is W10 L7:
3-5 v FC Barcelona, 2014/15 (0-3 a, 3-2 h)
0-5 v Real Madrid CF, 2013/14 (0-1 a, 0-4 h)
7-0 v FC Barcelona, 2012/13 (4-0 h, 3-0 a)
3-3 v Real Madrid CF 3-3, won 3-1 on penalties, 2011/12 (2-1 h, 1-2 a)
4-0 v Olympique Lyonnais, 2009/10 (1-0 h, 3-0 a)
3-1 v Real Madrid CF, 2000/01 (1-0 a, 2-1 h)
2-3 v Real Madrid CF, 1999/2000 (0-2 a, 2-1 h)
4-3 v FC Dynamo Kyiv, 1998/99 (3-3 a, 1-0 h)
2-5 v AFC Ajax, 1994/95 (0-0 h, 2-5 a)
3-4 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1990/91 (1-2 h, 2-2 a)
2-2 v AC Milan 2-2, lost on away goals, 1989/90 (0-1 a, 2-1 h)
4-2 v Real Madrid CF, 1986/87 (4-1 h, 0-1 a)
7-4 v PFC CSKA Sofia, 1981/82 (3-4 a, 4-0 h)
1-1 v Liverpool FC, 1-1, lost on away goals, 1980/81 (0-0 a, 1-1 h)
3-1 v Real Madrid CF, 1975/76 (1-1 a, 2-0 h)
2-0 v AS Saint-Étienne, 1974/75 (0-0 a, 2-0 h)
4-1 v Újpest FC, 1973/74 (1-1 a, 3-0 h)

• Bayern have played ten previous European semi-finals against Spanish clubs, with the record W7 L3. In two-legged ties against Liga clubs their record is W9 L8.

• Bayern have recovered from an away first-leg defeat to win the tie on ten occasions; they have suffered 12 defeats, including nine in the last 12 contests.

• Bayern have won five of seven ties after losing 1-0 away first, although the last such example ended in a 4-0 reverse against Real Madrid CF in the 2013/14 semi-finals – Bayern’s heaviest home European defeat. The other loss came in the 1989/90 European Cup semi-finals, AC Milan going down 2-1 in Munich but triumphing on away goals.

• Bayern’s penalty shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W5 L1:
5-4 v Chelsea FC, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
3-4 v Chelsea FC, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 v Real Madrid CF, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
5-4 v Valencia CF, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK FC, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidabergs FF, 1973/74 European Cup first round

• This is Atlético’s fifth European Cup semi-final; their record is W2 L2. Two years ago, they overcame Chelsea FC 3-1 on aggregate at this stage.

• Atlético’s European Cup semi-finals in full:
3-1 v Chelsea FC, 2013/14 (0-0 h, 3-1 a)
2-0 v Celtic FC, 1973/74 (0-0 a, 2-0 h)
1-3 v AFC Ajax, 1969/70 (1-0 h, 0-3 a)
2-2 v Real Madrid CF, 1959/60 (1-2 a, 1-0 h, 1-2 replay)

• The win at Chelsea in 2014 was Atlético’s first away success in a European Cup semi-final; their previous record was D1 L2.

• Atlético’s away record in this season’s competition is W2 D2. They beat PSV Eindhoven on penalties in the round of 16, a tie that was the first to finish goalless over two legs in the UEFA Champions League era and the second year in succession Diego Simeone’s side had won their last-16 contest on spot kicks following their 2015 defeat of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

• Atlético lost 1-0 in Leverkusen in the first leg of that 2014/15 tie, their most recent trip to Germany. Their record there is P16 W5 D3 L8.

• This is Atlético’s fifth European semi-final against a German club; their record is W3 L1. Overall in two-legged ties with Bundesliga opposition, their record reads W10 L4. They have won the last six such ties.

• Atlético have won 27 of the UEFA competition ties in which they have won the home first leg – including the last 15 – losing the other seven. When the home first leg has finished 1-0, Atlético’s aggregate record is W6 L3, with victories in the last three such ties.

• Following the win against PSV in the last 16, Atlético’s shoot-out record in UEFA competition is now W2 L3:
8-7 v PSV Eindhoven, 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16
3-2 v Leverkusen, 2014/15 UEFA Champions League round of 16
1-3 v Villarreal, 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup final
1-3 v ACF Fiorentina, 1989/90 UEFA Cup first round
6-7 v Derby County FC, 1974/75 UEFA Cup second round

Coach and player links
• Diego Simeone and Josep Guardiola were regular opponents as players, playing in ten club matches when Simeone was with Atlético and Sevilla FC and Guardiola was at Barcelona. Simeone recorded three wins to Guardiola’s four, although the Argentinian did come out on top in the 1996 Copa del Rey final, Atlético winning 1-0 after extra time.

• Simeone also helped Argentina to a 2-0 friendly victory against Guardiola’s Spain in Seville on 17 November 1999.

• As coaches they have faced off only once – a 2-1 Liga win for Guardiola’s Barça at the Calderón on 12 May 2013.

• Guardiola faced Atlético 22 times as a player while at Barcelona, scoring once (W13 D5 L4). As Barcelona coach, Guardiola faced Atlético ten times, winning eight and losing twice.

• Arturo Vidal’s Juventus lost 1-0 at Atlético in last season’s group stage, drawing 0-0 in Turin.

• Have played in Spain:
Javi Martínez (Athletic Club, 2006–13) – P13 W5 L8 v Atlético
Thiago Alcántara (Barcelona, 2008–13) – P2 W2 v Atlético
Juan Bernat (Valencia CF, 2012–14) – P4 D2 L2 v Atlético
Xabi Alonso (Real Sociedad, 2001–04, Real Madrid, 2009–14) – P23 W15 D5 L3 v Atlético
Arjen Robben (Real Madrid, 2007–09) – P1 D1 v Atlético

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

• Koke and Thiago both played in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final, the latter scoring a hat-trick in Spain’s 4-2 defeat of Italy.

• Have played together:
Miguel Ángel Moya & Juan Bernat (Valencia 2011–12)
Tiago & Arjen Robben (Chelsea, 2004–05)

• Diego Godín scored the opener as Uruguay beat Arturo Vidal’s Chile 3-0 in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in November 2015.

• Fernando Torres got the only goal as Spain beat Germany 1-0 in the UEFA EURO 2008 final in Vienna. Philipp Lahm was in the Germany side; Alonso came on as a substitute for Spain.

• Robben scored in the Netherlands’ 3-2 2010 World Cup semi-final against Godín’s Uruguay. Godín and Uruguay lost by the same score to Germany in the third-place play-off, Thomas Müller scoring for Germany with Manuel Neuer and Holger Badstuber unused substitutes.

• Robert Lewandowski got Poland’s goal in a 1-1 draw against Stefan Savić’s Montenegro in a World Cup qualifier on 6 September 2013.

• A Mario Götze goal was enough to prevent a Germany side also including Neuer and Müller losing 4-2 at home to an Argentina side for whom Augusto Fernández was a half-time substitute in a friendly on 3 September 2014.

Match facts

• Bayern have won nine of their last 11 games in all competitions.*

• Guardiola’s side face Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on 21 May.

• Lahm has made more UEFA Champions League appearances than any other German player. The 32-year-old played his 104th game in the first leg against Atlético, surpassing Oliver Kahn’s tally of 103.

• Robben (adductor) has been out since 13 March.*

• Badstuber fractured an ankle in training on 13 February and will miss the rest of the season.

• Jérôme Boateng has yet to return to action following a groin injury sustained in the 2-1 win at Hamburger SV on 22 January, although he has resumed training.*

• Atlético have won their last five league games.*

• The Rojiblancos have kept five successive clean sheets in all competitions. Jan Oblak has 23 to his name this term, more than any other goalkeeper in Atlético’s history, overtaking Thibaut Courtouis’s 20 in 2012/13 and 2013/14.*

• Godín aggravated a hamstring injury during Atlético’s 1-0 win at Athletic on 20 April, two weeks after recovering from the same problem, and has missed the last two matches as a result.*

• Tiago (out since 28 November, knee) is still sidelined.*

• Griezmann has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season.*

*Subject to weekend updates

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