Atletico Madrid has released their lineup for today's Champions League Quarterfinal matchup with RB Leipzig. Thomas Partey is noticeable omission:
RB Leipzig has also put out their lineup, with Emil Forsberg, Tyler Adams, and Patrik Schick all surprisingly relegated to the bench:
Atletico Madrid knocked title-holders Liverpool out of the running last time they were in UEFA Champions League action, and will hope to stretch an 11-match unbeaten run when they face RB Leipzig on Thursday.
Los Rojiblancos’ last defeat was the 1-0 loss after 90 minutes at Anfield in March, though it feels unnerving to describe one of Atletico’s greatest nights in Europe—which they later won 3-2 in extra time (4-2 on aggregate)—as anything but a triumph.
Leipzig and Atleti each finished third in their respective domestic leagues but will look to keep alive some hope of continental conquest when the knockout round resumes in Lisbon, Portugal.
RB Leipzig-Atletico Madrid TV Channel and Live Stream
RB Leipzig-Atletico Madrid will be aired on the tv channels TUDN and UniMas. A live stream of every Champions League match is available on fuboTV.
When: Thursday, August 13
Where: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TUDN/Unimas
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch Champions League free)
It’s almost a shame the managerial matchup between Diego Simeone and Julian Nagelsmann will be limited to a single tie at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, a byproduct of the tournament being streamlined as a result of the pandemic.
Controversy struck when Atletico revealed two players—Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko—tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of their departure for Portugal, via Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
Those two individuals are now self-isolating and will have to retest as negative if they’re to join the squad in Portugal, with the fixture seemingly at risk immediately following the announcement.
Simeone’s side have already lost once to German opposition this season when Bayer Leverkusen inflicted their first defeat of the Champions League group stage at the BayArena. The superstitious out there may be interested to learn that defeat also came on the back of an 11-match unbeaten run for Atletico, though they’ve enjoyed a larger proportion of wins during the current run.
This will be the first meeting between these two clubs, and Leipzig—who hammered Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 over two legs in the round of 16—will look to leave a lasting mark after losing one of their last 15 games in all competitions.
The Bundesliga’s most resented side have already broken new ground making their Champions League knockout-stage debut, but a win over Atletico will tremendously boost their signal as a European contender worth fearing.
Timo Werner is no longer part of Nagelsmann’s selection after he joined Chelsea on July 1, leaving Yussuf Poulsen (if fit) and Patrik Schick as the likely pair up front for Leipzig. Defender Ibrahima Konate is unavailable following hip surgery and could be replaced by Marcel Halstenberg, while midfield talisman Marcel Sabitzer is hoping to be fit in time.
Atletico had no injury concerns aside from right-back Vrsaljko, giving Spain’s “other heavyweight” a hefty chance of continuing their European adventure into the final four.