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UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final: Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Preview & Lineups

 

Battle at the Wanda: Atletico Madrid Lock Horns with Borussia Dortmund in UCL Quarter-Final

The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals kick off with a clash between two European giants: Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. The iconic Wanda Metropolitano stadium will be the stage for this high-stakes encounter on Wednesday, April 10th.

A Tale of Two Teams:

  • Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone's men find themselves in an unusual position - not considered favorites. Despite a patchy run in La Liga, Atletico boasts an incredible Champions League record at home. They've never lost a knockout match at the Wanda Metropolitano or their previous stadium, the Vicente Calderon. Their resolute defense, marshalled by veterans Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic, will look to frustrate Dortmund's attack. However, questions remain around their attacking prowess with injuries to Memphis Depay and Thomas Lemar.

  • Borussia Dortmund: The Black and Yellows are brimming with confidence after topping a group dubbed the 'group of death' and defeating Manchester United in the last round. Their attacking trio of Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, and either Donyell Malen or Karim Adeyemi possesses frightening pace and creativity. However, Dortmund has a recent history of faltering in the Champions League quarter-finals. Can they overcome this mental hurdle and exploit any weaknesses in Atletico's usually solid backline?

Predicted Lineups:

Atletico Madrid (3-5-2):

  • Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak
  • Defenders: Axel Witsel, Jose Gimenez, Mario Hermoso
  • Wing-backs: Marcos Llorente, Koke (C), Rodrigo De Paul, Saul Niguez, Samuel Lino
  • Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1):

  • Goalkeeper: Gregor Kobel
  • Defenders: Nico Schlotterbeck, Mats Hummels (C), Julian Ryerson, Ian Maatsen
  • Midfielders: Emre Can, Marcel Sabitzer
  • Attacking Midfielders: Julian Brandt, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus
  • Forward: Niclas Füllkrug

A Tight Contest on the Cards:

This match promises to be a tight tactical battle. Atletico will likely focus on stifling Dortmund's attack and hit them on the counter. Dortmund, on the other hand, will need to find a way to break down Atletico's resolute defense and exploit any potential gaps.

Who Will Prevail?

The home advantage and defensive solidity could see Atletico hold the edge. However, Dortmund's attacking firepower shouldn't be underestimated. This first leg will be crucial in setting the tone for the tie.

Don't miss this captivating encounter between two European heavyweights! Tune in on Wednesday to see who takes a step closer to Champions League glory.

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