Scouting report: Atletico Madrid
Scouting report Mon 4 Dec 2017
Our attentions turn back to the Champions League, as we prepare to take on Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge looking to confirm top spot in Group C. Let's take a closer look at our opponents...
Diego Simeone. The Argentine has been in charge at Atletico Madrid since 2011 and has transformed Los Rojiblancos into a real force both domestically and in Europe. Simeone led Atleti to Europa League success in his first season in charge and went on to lift the La Liga title in 2013. Has gone close on two occasions to bringing Champions League success to the club too but has been defeated in two finals by rivals, Real Madrid. The former Lazio midfielder earned over 100 caps for Argentina during his playing career.
Antoine Griezmann. The French international is the star and fans favourite at Atletico, who signed a new contract until 2022 this summer following intense speculation about his future. An attacking player that can operate as a striker, a number 10 or wide on either flank, Griezmann was named both the player of the tournament and the Golden Boot winner at Euro 2016. The former Real Sociedad man, 26, has scored twice in the Champions League so far this season, with seven in all competitions.
Atletico head into this final Champions League clash in a rich vein of form, winning five of their last six fixtures and conceding just one goal. Simeone’s side have scored 13 goals in that time, including an impressive 5-0 away win at Levante. Atleti are currently third in La Liga – one place above rivals Real Madrid – and third in Group C of the Champions League. The Spanish side know that they have to defeat us at Stamford Bridge to have any hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
One to watch
Koke. The Spanish international has spent his entire career at Atleti, making well over 200 appearances for the club since breaking into the first-team in 2009. The midfielder has lifted the Europa League, La Liga and the Copa Del Rey during his time with Atletico and was part of the side that were narrowly edged out by rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League final in both 2014 and 2016. Has 36 international caps to his name and has featured for Spain at every level too.
Worn both badges
Fernando Torres. The Spanish international became our record signing in January 2011 when he joined from Liverpool and went on to lift the Champions League with us the following year. After a brief stint at AC Milan, Torres joined Atletico – the club he had started his career with – and he remains a key part of Simeone’s side. Whilst no longer a guaranteed starter, it’s likely we could see our former striker be involved in the matchday squad.