Atletico Madrid host Bayern Munich at the capital of Spain needing a win to ease qualification to the knockout stages. Bayern Munich have already ensured qualification and will field a secondary team in order to rest major players. Atletico Madrid will have to seize this opportunity and win, in order to not go into matchday 6 with any added pressure.
While it is too much of exaggeration to say that nothing other than a win will suffice, a draw would mean that Atletico will have to win their last match in Austria against RB Salzburg. RB Salzburg have nothing to play for but honour as their chances for qualifying is next to impossible. They need both Atletico and Lokomotiv Moscow to lose to Bayern Munich and they should defeat both of them too.
Bayern Munich is expected to allow the bench players to get a chance today as they will rest their first choice starters. With qualification assured, there is nothing more to play for in this group for them. Expect players like Lewandowski and Neuer to be rested for this fixture. Diego Simeone will have to field his best XI in order to win this match.
Atletico Madrid: Diego Costa, Sime Vrsaljko, Manu Sanchez, Hector Herrera, Luis Suarez (corona), Lucas Torreira (corona)
Bayern Munich: Joshua Kimmich, Alphonse Davies, Bouna Sarr, Marc Roca (suspension)
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Trippier; Savic; Gimenez; Lodi; Llorente; Koke; Saul; Carrasco; Felix; Correa
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard; Sule; Alaba; Hernandez; Goretzka; Martinez; Gnabry; Muller; Coman; Lewandowski
We all know what happens when Atletico Madrid faces adversity and has to strike back. It may be a one-off incident but Atletico Madrid weathered the storm Liverpool caused last season and struck when it mattered the most. This year however Atletico Madrid will have to win and they will have to play against a mighty Bayern Munich. Bayern have a terrible record in Spanish away matches and Atletico will take advantage of that. We predict a 2-1 win for Atletico Madrid.