Manchester City will take on Atletico Madrid at the Etihad on Tuesday evening, April 5, in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. The visitors have made good progress and will not go down without a fight. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet mobile app.
Josep Guardiola’s side lead the national league table with 73 points from 30 games played. 70 goals scored and 18 conceded (the least of any other club). In their last 16 games, they have scored 41 points out of a possible 44. There are 9 victories in the last 12 games. The team’s leaders are in fine form: Raheem Sterling has 10 goals, Riyad Marez and Kevin De Bruyne each have 10 goals.
Last weekend, the Citizens ran away with a 2-0 win at Burnley and took six more shots on goal than their opponents. Only Portuguese centre-back Ruben Dias is sidelined. City thrashed Sporting Lisbon in the last leg of the competition, ending the scoring in the opening encounter (a 0-5 defeat).
The Spurs are third in the table with 57 points from 30 fixtures. They have scored 56 goals and conceded 37. The fight for the championship has long been out of the question (they are 12 points behind the leading side Real Madrid), the objective in the Primera is to remain in the bottom four. Diego Simeone’s side had a poor January, but they have improved in recent games, winning 7 games and drawing 8 in the last eight.
Last weekend, Madrid CF thrashed Alaves 4-1 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Joao Felix. Only Mexican centre-back Hector Herrera is sidelined. In the last round, the Metropolitan defeated the other Manchester City side on aggregate in two games (1-1 and 0-1).
The teams have not yet met each other in official games.
Manchester City vs Atletico
Just two months ago, few experts would have given Atletico a chance of success in such a clash. However, the situation has changed – Simeone has managed to establish his defensive and attacking game. Now, Madrid are scoring heavily and making very few defensive mistakes. “City, of course, are superior and deservedly in the lead in the Premier League, but in the main European competition, Pep Guardiola’s side have not always been so smooth. A home game will oblige the English side to attack from the start, giving their opponents plenty of space to counterattack. It is thought that the teams should be able to exchange goals.