CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IS BACK! - AS Monaco VS Atletico Madrid- (18/9/2018)

at 18-09-2018 11:49AM (1 year ago)

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Diego Simeone is seeking to exorcise Atletico Madrid's Champions League demons this season and finally lift the famous trophy.  Atletico has finished as runners-up in the competition on three occasions, with Simeone's men tasting bitter defeat to city rivals Real Madrid in both 2014 and 2016. But Atleti is on a roll in Europe after winning last season's Europa League before beating Real 4-2 in the Uefa Super Cup final to lay down a marker for the coming campaign. Simeone's men kick off their 2018-19 campaign away to a Monaco side who reached the 2016-17 finals of the tournament but have struggled to stay among Europe's elite since selling the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy. The two sides have never met in an official Uefa competition before. Monaco has several missing players for the match against Atleti. Aleksandr Golovin, Ronael Pierre Gabriel, Rony Lopes, and Pietro Pellegri are injured and they will not play on Tuesday. Stevan Jovetic and Danijel Subasic are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are available to play and they are highly motivated for the match. On the other side, Atletico Madrid also have several missing players for this game. Vitolo and Santiago Arias are injured and they can't help their team on Tuesday night. Lucas Hern├índez and Nikola Kalinic are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are ready to play and they will play aggressively from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
Monaco: Benaglio; Henrichs, Jemerson, Glik, Sidibe; Aholou, Benasser; Chadli, Tielemans, Grandsir; Falcao

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis; Koke, Rodrigo, Niguez, Lemar; Costa, Griezmann