Tonight, the Spanish team Atletico Madrid are ready to host the English giant Manchester United at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. It is the first leg of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League. At the same time, Ajax will play against Benfica. The first leg of the Round of 16 will conclude tonight with these two games.
Atletico Madrid and Manchester United are not in their best form, but they are working hard to get back on track. The Red Devils are in the 4th at the point table. They have won three of their previous five league games and didn’t lose one in those matches. Furthermore, Manchester United recently beat Leeds United dramatically. They scored four goals against the Bielsa boys.
On the other hand, the Simeone boys have also won their last match in La Liga. They beat Osasuna by three-nil. But Atletico Madrid are not consistent this season. They currently sit in 5th place with 42 points.
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Manchester United will visit Atletico’s home ground for the first time in the history of the UEFA Champions League tonight. Their only visit to Atletico Madrid was in 1992, where the Red Devils faced the home team in the Cup Winners’ Cup. Since then, Manchester United has never played at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
However, Atletico Madrid have lost four of their previous four matches against the English side teams. The away record for the Red Devils are not fair as well. They have won only one of their last seven away meetings against any Spanish teams.
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has provided the team news ahead of tonight’s clash against Atletico Madrid. According to him, Edinson Cavani will miss the match as he is not fit for the game. Cavani has been suffering from a groin injury since February 8. However, Raphael Varane has returned to the training ground. He might play tonight from the beginning of the match.
The home team will be without several players against the Red Devils. Yannick Carrasco will not play due to the suspension. Furthermore, the home team will miss the service of Matheus Cunha and Daniel Wass. In addition, Atletico skipper Koke is in doubt.