Atletico Madrid take on the visitors Porto in the round 1 match of UEFA Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 7th at Metropolitano Stadium (Madrid).
Atlético did well in the Champions League last season. "Colcheneros" cannot include the 2021/2022 temporade in their asset. The champion of the country, who spent a lot of money on strengthening the roster, they struggled through the 1st half, and did not fully rehabilitate themselves by the spring (although they retained the minimum task, a place in the top three). At the same time, the Spaniards left a difficult group in the Champions League and knocked out Manchester United. And in the quarter-finals in a bitter struggle, only minimally lost to the favorite and the future participant in the final - City. Now, by the way, the composition of the group visually looks simpler than last fall. But, of course, you need to win at home a priori.
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Porto regained the status of power No. 1 in the football of their country. “Dragons” in the season before last lost the “gold” to Sporting. But Sergio Conceição kept his post. And he thanked for the trust by confidently taking revenge on the “lions” from Lisbon in the next draw. For 34 rounds, the favorite lost in Primeira only once, and gained 91 points - 6 more than the competitor. But in the new season, the grand has already managed to lose - however, like Sporting. It is worth remembering that the leaders left again in the summer: Vitinho to PSG, Fabio Vieira to the London Arsenal. But they also were compensated with 50+ million. As a rule, these are still little-known names in European football, but in Portugal they live by finding promising performers and bringing them to the top level. By the way, in this regard, it is important to prove themselves in the framework of the Champions League matches - motivation for many players.
Porto looked good in the first head-to-head matches - in 2009, when the draw brought the clubs together in spring and autumn. But then Atlético turned the tide. Including in the last draw, the Spaniards were able to take only a goalless draw at home, but then they won 1-3 in the "dragons" den. Atlético are not without problems, but they know how to achieve results. We believe that the Spaniards will win again.
Prediction for the match: Atletico Madrid to win.