Atletico Madrid vs Leicester by Isaiah
Atletico Madrid managed to pull out a point quite surprisingly away from home against Real Madrid in a local derby game on Saturday evening as the game ended with a 1:1 result. There was no doubt that the players of Real did more on the field and had much more of the ball possession, but lack of concentration cost them too much in the end.
Pepe opened the scoreline in 52nd minute and the hosts looked a bit better, but failed to double up the lead, while Griezmann levelved up the result in 85th minute, leaving no time for the hosts to respond further on. After this draw, Ateltico remained without defeat in last seven matches in La Liga, with five victories and two draws, continuing to be now at third position, having seven less than second placed Barcelona and just a point more than fourth placed Sevilla.
Torres and Griezmann should lead Atletico's attack for this one, since the hosts are set to play in their usual 4-4-2 formation. Central midfielder Tiago and right back Sime Vrsaljko will most likely miss the match due injuries, while doubtful remain goalkeeepr Miguel Angel Moya (10/0) and midfielder Nicolas Gaitan (17/3). Filipe Luis and Gabi missed the previous game in Champions League but are now free to return here.
Leicester suffered their first defeat since coach Shakespeare took over the club after Ranieri's sacking, since they come from a 4:2 defeat away from home against Everton on Sunday evening. That defeat broke their winning streak of six competitive matches, five in Premier League, as the side avoided relegation complications for now.
They are currently at eleventh position, having eight points more than relegating placed Swansea and probably did have the game away to Everton with their heads probably a bit more in Madrid already. It was a very open game from the first minute, as the hosts took the lead in first via Davies, but Slimani and ALbrighton reverting the scoreline with goals in fourth and tenth minute, but Lukaku replied back in 23rd minute. Jagielka brought the hosts into the lead in 41st minute, while Lukaku sealed the victory in 57th minute, without much of response from the visiting team.
Visitors are set to play in 4-4-2 formation with Okazaki and Vardy as their usual forwards. Midfielder Nampalys Mendy (4/0), central defenders Wes Morgan (27/1) and Molla Wague (no performance since he came into the club in January) are out due injuries, all three being more of long term absentees. Okazaki should be partnering Vardy in attack, but Slimani isn't without chances as well.
Atletico Madrid is trying to reach the semifinals of Champions League for the third time in last four years and they surely are favorites in this one. With the help of their fans, probably more than a bit more individually quality side and surely a side with a lot more experience at this level should prevail here, leaving very little chances of Leicester to hope for in the returning leg.