Atletico Madrid are favoured to go ahead against Germany’s Bayern Leverkusen in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League encounter. They recorded a 4-2 first-leg win against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany three weeks ago.
Atletico Madrid have only tasted defeat in one previous meeting against Bayer Leverkusen in European competition and they have only lost one of 20 Champions League games at home under Simeone.
“We have a great result from the first leg, but we can’t be complacent. We need to give our all again on Wednesday,” said Atletico midfielder Koke.
Leverkusen travel to Spain under new management as Tayfun Korkut replaced the sacked Roger Schmidt after the first-leg defeat was followed up by a 6-2 thrashing at Borussia Dortmund.
However, Leverkusen are hoping for a comeback of Barcelona proportions after the Spanish champions fought back from a 4-0 first leg defeat to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 last week.
Bayer Leverkusen have reached the knockout stages for the fifth time in their last six Champions League campaigns. However, they haven’t progressed past the round of 16 since 2001/02 when they were beaten finalists.