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 Atletico Madrid play Bayern Munich on Tuesday in a must-win Champions League match at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Few fans expected that Bayern Munich's upcoming match against Atl├ętico de Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday would be dead rubber for the Bundesliga giants. But thanks to their excellent record in the Champions League, a campaign that saw them win each of their four matches, the Bavarians had already secured their place at the top of Group A.


It's a very different story for their midweek rivals, as Atl├ętico de Madrid fights to maintain their hopes of advancing to the next stage. The Spanish giants are currently second in the group table with five points on the board, but defeat on Tuesday could allow third-placed Lokomotiv Moscow to beat them if the Russians beat Red Bull Salzburg.

This could eventually lead to a final match in the tour, where it will be necessary for Atletico to clinch a point against Salzburg. However, Diego Simeone's men could avoid such a scenario by beating Bayern Munich in the middle of the week. The hosts will be happy with a tie as well, as Los Colchoneros is already ahead of Lokomotiv in terms of a direct draw in the group.

It's also fair to point out that Atletico still has a long way to go since the start of the Blues season. In fact, they have not been defeated in all competitions since their 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich earlier, so we can prepare for a more even battle at Wanda Metropolitano this midweek. Here, in The Hard Tackle, we apply the referee to the two teams before the crucial UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday.

Team news and tactics

Atletico Madrid

THT analysis of Simeone's new Atletico Madrid setup covered Mario Hermoso's influence on the new suspended left-back. We expect the former Real Madrid player to get an advanced nod over Renan Lodi even though the Brazilian is fit to participate in this match.

On paper, Simeone is likely to advance 4-4-2 which means Kieran Trippier and Hermoso will be full back, with Stefan Savic and Jose Jimenez at center back. He could, however, move to defense five during the defensive stages, which should see Hermoso fall from the middle and join the central defenders.

Yannick Carrasco will fill in the hole in the left back, which would appear perfectly as a left winger in the classic 4-4-2 formation. Marcos Llorente is set to operate on the opposite flank while Koki and Saul Nijs expect to form the double axis in the center of the park.

These four players are assigned to work tight and play a key role in the second line of pressure, providing very little space between the lines for Bayern Munich. However, they must be aware of the opponent's ability to take long balls off this full-back and this is where the two strikers could play a key role.

Unfortunately for Atletico, Luis Suarez remains under suspicion because he has not yet tested negative for COVID-19. His absence means Correa must appear alongside Joao Felix in the Strike Partnership. Their aggression and perseverance can play a major role in squeezing Bayern's central defense while their speed at rest could be beneficial for hosts on the counter.

Potential Lineup (4-4-2): Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Llorente Cook Saul Carrasco; Korea, Felix

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick will have to deal with a few notable absences including key midfielders Joshua Kimmisch and Mark Rocca. The first is injured while unfortunate Roca gets a red card against Red Bull Salzburg and thus faces suspension.

Rocca's absence guarantees a place for Javi Martinez at the start. Elderly Spaniard Leon Goretzka is set to play a double pivot, and Flick is unlikely to risk Corentin Tolisso, who returned from injury at the end of last week. However, the French player could emerge as a substitute in the second half.

Meanwhile, Bona Saar remains questionable in defense due to his lack of fitness. His absence could force Flick to place David Alaba at left-back because the German simply cannot risk Lucas Hernandez, especially with Alfonso Davis already excluded and Bayern Munich facing a tough test against Leipzig at the weekend.

Running Alaba as a center back could mean a lot of things, as it looks like Chris Richards, in particular, is likely to get a rare starting opportunity. The young American may be a partner to Niklas Sully at the center of the four-man defensive line, with Benjamin Pavard holding his place at right-back.

Finally, in attack, Flick could ring the changes, giving Leroy Sani and Douglas Costa a place in the starting line-up, although Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski both retained their places on the team.

Potential line-up (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Pavard, Sully, Richards, Alaba; Martinez, Goretzka; Costa, Muller, Sani; Lewandowski

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