Atletico reaches 4th straight Champions League quarters

Mar 16, 2017, 00:31
Atletico reaches 4th straight Champions League quarters

Oblak's work for the night wasn't done as he still had to make saves from long-range efforts by Leon Bailey, Wendell and Kevin Kampl to prevent Atletico slumping to just a second Champions League home defeat under Simeone.

"Our rival has an interesting offensive game, they have a fast start of the game and they will be risky".

"It will be a tough game and I'm expecting a similar game to the first leg in which they can create chances". I always tell them this competition is risky and not because of what happened in Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid have never been short on world-class goalkeepers.

Kevin Gameiro is a doubt for the game after missing Saturday's 1-0 La Liga win at Granada with an abdominal injury.

He will need to prove his fitness before being named in Wednesday's squad.

Javier Hernandez got Real's victor in their quarter-final clash two years ago, but the Mexican didn't come back to haunt Simeone's men as he blazed over with another decent opening.

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A match that promised fireworks fell short of those expectations as Leverkusen struggled to give their hosts the trouble they would have needed in order to let their first-leg lead slip.

"We know what we need and we know it's hard".

Leverkusen are in a process of transition after Roger Schmidt was sacked on March 5 following an embarrassing 6-2 thrashing at Borussia Dortmund and his successor Tayfun Korkut said the odds were stacked against his side progressing.

Correa was denied a good chance from close range by a block from Aleksandar Dragovic, and Julian Brandt should have done much better on the resulting counter-attack as he contrived to lose possession when played clean through by Javier Hernandez.

"The weather helps a lot, my teammates are amongst the best and I have a top coach, so I am very happy here and there is no reason to leave".

Benjamin Henrichs and midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu are suspended while Toprak, Jonathan Tah, Stefan Kiessling and captain Lars Bender are out injured.