Atletico Madrid on track to win Champions League 'sooner or later — Simeone

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Atletico Madrid have become almost Champions League specialists in recent years, with Diego Simeone's side having a defensive resilience that makes them extremely hard to break down. The loss of Mohammed Salah and failure to secure the signing of Riyad Mahrez will surely have an impact on the fortunes of Eusebio di Francesco's team. "They have strong mental and physical qualities".

The question is who will link up with the Frenchman with options Argentine Luciano Vietto and compatriot Angel Correa, who formed Atletico's attacking duo in the last two matches.

Mauro Icardi put the Giallorossi to the sword, scoring twice as the ex-giants came from behind to take all three points. Atletico, meanwhile, start out away from home at the ever-complicated Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Why? Well, nobody wants to be playing catch up after the first round of games, less any side in this group given the strength of the top three seeded sides and the unknown quantity of Qarabag. Antoine Griezmann missed out through suspension against Valencia, but is available for this game.

"That's coming from someone who started out on the director side of things and then decided to be a coach in the middle of the transfer window". His passing ability is a danger to many sides, particularly if they do not press highly or quickly enough. Nico Gaitan could get the nod ahead of Yannick Carrasco on Tuesday if Simeone does decide to rotate.

Group C is one of the tougher Champions League groups this year.

However, Strootman has not enjoyed an amazing start to the Serie A season, with an average rating of just 6.52, according to WhoScored.com.

"In football we say the most important game is the next one".

Whoever wins this midfield battle will stand their team in good stead.

"I have respect for Roma and I remember my past with Lazio with great pleasure". Tuesday looks like it could be more of the same.

It is highly unlikely that Chelsea won't win tomorrow in their group game.

The opening two games have brought mixed fortunes for Roma, a team who have lost the pace of Mohamed Salah on the flanks and the stability of Antonio Rudiger in defence as the pair moved on to the Premier League this summer. "Roma are a great team, they play really well and they can have a really great tournament".

This, for Los Rojiblancos, is the holy grail.

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone is adamant they are on track to win the Champions League "sooner or later". They should be fitter in terms of condition, but that lack of match sharpness may do them some damage. Manager Eusebio Di Francesco has iterated that he is looking towards Kevin Strootman to inspire the side to a win over Atletico Madrid. Griezmann, Godin and Oblak are on another level compared to Dzeko, Manolas and Alisson, for example.

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