In the first round of the second half of the season, tenth-placed Girona will try to hand Atlético Madrid their first defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga. So far, only Chelsea in the Champions League and Sevilla last Wednesday in the Copa del Rey have achieved a victory at Atlético’s fortress.
Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:
In the previous clash between (their only other official match in all competitions), the ‘Colchoneros’ came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 after two late goals in the final 15 minutes.
Girona are travelling to Madrid after a superb 6-0 win over Las Palmas in their previous match. Even though they have suffered two losses away from home recently, the Catalans are still among the top eight away teams in LL and have scored at least one goal in seven of their nine away clashes so far.
The managers for the two sides outlined the key points to consider for this match. Girona coach Pablo Machín talked about how difficult it is to score against Atlético (they have only conceded three goals at home all season in LL), while Diego Simeone warned that “Girona are a very intense and offensive side”.
It will be match number 350 for Diego ‘El Cholo’ Simeone at Atlético. Under the guidance of the Argentinian, the ‘Rojiblancos’ have notched an impressive 400 goals in LL (W147, D48, L36).
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As for Atlético, it might be the right moment for Vitolo to make his debut in LL, after remaining on the bench for the last two fixtures.
Stat attack: Three of the last four wins for the ‘Colchoneros’ have been 1-0, a result that has been repeated in 32% of all of Atl. Madrid’s fixtures this season in LL.
As for Girona, they have scored in their last seven away LL matches.
Atletico Madrid: Filipe Luis (thigh injury), D. Godin (suspension), N. Gaitan (doubtful)
Girona: J. Suarez (shoulder injury), P. Alcala (doubtful), C. Stuani (doubtful).