Match of the week: Man. City-Atl. Madrid / Benfica-Liverpool
By cy.Reporter, 4 April, 2022
Manchester City-Atletico Madrid, quarter-final phase of the Champions League, stadium: "Etihad Stadium", 22:00, cytavision4
Manchester City and Atletico Madrid are facing each other for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The "Citizens" want to reach the trophy this year, while the guests aim to exclude another English team after Manchester United.
For another victory
Manchester City wants to take the first step of qualifying for the semi-final phase of the institution. Pep Guardiola's team did not face any problems in the previous phase against Sporting Lisbon, while it comes from the away dominance against Burnley for the Premier League.
Back in Manchester
Atletico Madrid wants to exclude the other team from Manchester. Cholo Simeone's team wants to get a positive result in Manchester, as the away goal does not count, in order to take the lead, in view of the second match in Madrid. The "Rochiblancos" are in excellent condition, as they only count victories in their last six matches in all competitions.
Plus and minus
+ She is in excellent condition, as she is undefeated in her last seven matches in all competitions.
-In the last five home matches in the Champions League, she has kept her home inviolable only once.
+ Counts only wins in all competitions in its last five matches and shows excellent condition
- In its last five matches in the Champions League, it has only two victories.
Manchester City has three wins and two draws in its last five matches
Atletico Madrid has scored five victories in an equal number of matches
Manchester City has scored in both halves in 50% of this year's matches.
Atletico Madrid has scored first in its last eight games
In one of the last five matches of Manchester City, only one or neither of the two opponents has scored.
There is no prehistory between the two groups
Atletico without Jimenez
Without one of the most important defenders of the team, Atletico Madrid will line up against Manchester City, as Jose Maria Jimenez was injured in the last match of Atletico Madrid for the Primera Division with Alaves. The Uruguayan central defender was injured in the last minutes and yesterday it was announced that he will be missing from the mission for today's important match.
Guardiola: "Atletico is more aggressive than it looks"
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola spoke about today's match against Atletico Madrid, saying: "Looking at Atletico, I have to say that there is a misconception about the way Simeone plays. He plays more aggressively than people think. He does not want to take risks in building the games but they have quality in the last third of the field ".
Benfica-Liverpool, quarter-final phase of the Champions League, stadium: "Da Luz", 22:00, cytavision3
Benfica and Liverpool are competing for the quarterfinals of the Champions League, with both teams wanting to qualify for the next phase. Benfica wants to gain a qualifying lead, as the second match in Anfield will follow and for its part, Liverpool wants to show that it is the favorite from the first match of Portugal.
With Liverpool in mind, Benfica lost 3-2 away to Braga in the Portuguese league. Benfica is in third place in the Portuguese league and has virtually lost its hopes of winning the title. Thus, it has dropped its "weight" in the upcoming match with the "Reds". It may be the couple's underdog, however, against Ajax he showed that he can create problems for the English team.
To continue unwavering
Liverpool is in excellent condition. Jürgen Klopp's team prevailed 2-0 over Watford, however, on Sunday follows the big derby with Manchester City. Thus, it is quite possible that the next match will be on the edge of the players' minds, which can judge the title of this year's Premier League. As for the previous round, the "Reds" qualified against Inter although they lost at home, however the victory in the first match with 2-0 had essentially given the qualification to the English team.
Plus and minus
+ She has scored in all her matches in all competitions in her last five games
- Has conceded in four of its last five matches in all competitions.
+ In its last 20 matches it has only one defeat, counting 17 wins, two draws and just one defeat
-The upcoming match with Manchester City may not leave Jurgen Klopp's players unaffected
In the last five matches in all competitions, Benfica counts three wins, one draw and one defeat
In the last five matches in all competitions, Liverpool counts four wins and one defeat
Liverpool have scored first in their last nine away games
Liverpool have won their eight away games in a row
Benfica have kept a clean sheet in six of their last ten Champions League games
In four matches, Benfica has three victories and one victory for Liverpool.
Klopp: "Benfica is a tough opponent"
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp referred to today's match, saying: "I do not think about our improvement, but to be top in our game. This is the plan for all games. You are trying to improve in general. "Benfica may not be where they want to be in the league, but they are a tough opponent."
Verifiable: "Liverpool in very good condition"
Nelson Verisimo referred to the match, saying: "Liverpool is in excellent condition and has an excellent coach. We will try for the best and we want to show that the qualification will be 50/50 as with Ajax "