Atletico Madrid welcomes German champions Bayern Munich to the intimidating Vicente Calderon stadium on Apr. 27, knowing they will need to take a narrow lead in this first leg Champions League semi-final to have any chance of progressing to the final. The game kicks off at 2.45 p.m. EST, and you can watch it with us here!
The incredibly difficult to beat Atletico Madrid host Bavarian giants, and tournament favorites, Bayern Munich in a highly-anticipated Champions League semi-final first leg match-up you’d be an absolute fool to miss. Not only do both these teams boast an array of talented players, they’re both on top of their game right now. Who will get a slight edge in game 1? Click down for the live stream to find out!
Atletico are a side full of confidence and belief, sitting joint top of La Liga with Barcelona. They also knocked the Catalans out of the Champions League in the quarter-final stage, so they’ll hold no fear when they go toe-to-toe with the powerful Bayern in Madrid. The fact they kept the golden trio of Brazilian golden-boy Neymar, best player in the world Lionel Messi, and goal-scorer extraordinaire Luis Suarez quiet during the two games is testament to how well they defend. They also have their whizkid in the form of Saul Niguez, who is capable of scoring some amazing goals.
But this Bayern side is thriving at the moment themselves. With a team packed full of Germany’s World Cup winners, with the added skills of Robert Lewandowski, Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman, they will be a very difficult opponent for the Rojiblancos. Thomas Muller is one that will need special attention from Atletico’s tough defender Diego Godin.
In fact, Arturo is full of admiration for this Atletico team. “Atletico are the toughest opponent we could get in the semi-finals. We saw that against Barcelona,” he told Marca. ‘They are a good team and physically strong. It will be a very complicated tie, but we hope to make it to the final. I think our style of play could benefit them. They want to hit their opponents on the break. We have to be cautious and cannot allow them any space. Atletico are quite similar to Juventus and they made life very hard for us.’
This game will be completely about tactics as two of the smartest coaches in the game, Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head with their prospective Atletico and Bayern teams. It will be very tight, with defenses on top. Atletico are vey difficult to score against, no matter beat. It’ll be fascinating stuff!
HollywoodLifers, who will strike first blood in this HUGE Champions League semi-final? Will Atletico keep Bayern at bay and earn a win? Or will the Germans continue their form as pre-tournament favorites? Tell us what you think the score will be below!