UEFA Champions League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Club Atlético de Madrid||Estadio Metropolitano - MadridTuesday 27 October 2020|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group A - Matchday 2
Atlético de Madrid must recover swiftly from a heavy Matchday 1 defeat as Group A rivals Salzburg come to Spain.
• This is the sides' first fixture and Atlético will look to bounce back after an opening 4-0 loss at holders Bayern München, their joint heaviest defeat in the UEFA Champions League. Salzburg, meanwhile, at least have a point on the board, although they were held 2-2 at home by Lokomotiv Moskva on Matchday 1.
• Third in Spain in 2019/20, this is Atlético's 11th UEFA Champions League group campaign and eighth in a row; all but two of the previous ten have extended into the knockout stages.
• Last season, Simeone's side finished second in their section behind Juventus, picking up ten points. Their two defeats both came away, at Bayer Leverkusen (1-2) and Juve (0-1), with the other game a 2-0 victory at Lokomotiv. Atleti were unbeaten at home in the group stage, collecting two wins and a draw.
• Atlético then ousted holders Liverpool in impressive style in the round of 16 (1-0 h, 3-2 a aet) but came up short against Leipzig in the quarter-finals in Lisbon, going down 2-1.
• The Madrid club have reached the quarter-finals or better in five of their last seven UEFA Champions League campaigns – all under coach Simeone.
• Atlético have lost only seven of their last 32 European matches (W19 D6), although four of those defeats have come in their last seven.
• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League finals in the last 11 seasons.
• A 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Matchday 2 in 2017/18 is Atlético's only defeat in the last 26 European games in their own stadium (W21 D4).
• Atlético last played an Austrian club in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage, winning 3-0 away and 4-0 at home against Austria Wien with Diego Costa scoring three goals across those two games.
• That stretched Atleti's unbeaten record against Austrian clubs, home and away, to six games. The only time they have failed to beat Austrian opponents came in Madrid, a 1-1 draw against Rapid Wien in the 1976/77 European Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg (3-2 aggregate).
• Salzburg have secured consecutive group stage campaigns having come through the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase for the first time since 1994.
• In 2019/20 Salzburg qualified automatically for the group stage, where they finished third in their section behind Liverpool and Napoli; the Austrian club picked up seven points from their six matches to finish six ahead of Genk.
• Jesse Marsch's side therefore moved into the UEFA Europa League, losing 6-3 on aggregate to Eintracht Frankfurt in the round of 32 (1-4 a, 2-2 h).
• Salzburg ended a run of 13 successive eliminations in UEFA Champions League qualifying since their first group stage appearance in 1994/95 by beating Maccabi Tel-Aviv in this season's play-offs (2-1 a, 3-1 h), Dominik Szoboszlai converting a penalty in each game. The Hungarian's goal on Matchday 1 means he has scored in all three of Salzburg's European games so far this season.
• The Austrian club won a seventh successive Bundesliga title in 2019/20 – their 14th overall – adding the Austrian Cup to complete a domestic double for the seventh time, all in the last nine seasons.
• Salzburg are matching Sturm Graz's Austrian record of three group stage appearances this season.
• The 2-1 victory at Maccabi Tel-Aviv in this season's play-offs made it two wins in Salzburg's last three European away games (L1), although those are the only victories in their last seven such matches (D1 L4).
• Salzburg's record in 14 games against Spanish teams is W4 D2 L8. Their one away win came in the group stage of the inaugural UEFA Europa League, in 2009/10, when they triumphed 1-0 at Villarreal to complete a perfect record of six wins out of six.
• The Austrian club's most recent trip to Spain ended in a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg (4-3 aggregate).
Links and trivia
• João Felix was in the Benfica side beaten by Salzburg in the 2017 UEFA Youth League final, Patson Daka scoring the Austrian club's first goal in a 2-1 comeback victory.
• Maximilian Wöber spent the second half of 2018/19 on loan at Sevilla, making seven Liga appearances.
• Summer transfers
In: Luis Suárez (Barcelona), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian), Ivo Grbić (Lokomotiva Zagreb), Lucas Torreira (Arsenal, loan)
Out: Álvaro Morata (Juventus, loan), Antonio Adán (Sporting CP), Caio Henrique (Monaco, loan), Santiago Arias (Leverkusen, loan), Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth, loan), Javier Montero (Beşiktaş, loan), Nicolás Schiappacasse (Sassuolo), Darío Poveda (Getafe, loan), Nikola Kalinić (Hellas Verona), Víctor Mollejo (Getafe, loan), Nehuén Pérez (Granada, loan), Thomas Partey (Arsenal)
• Suárez's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 100th.
• Atlético started their Liga campaign with a 6-1 victory at home to Granada, in which debutant Suárez scored twice, on 27 September.
• Diego Simeone's side were subsequently held to two goalless draws, at Huesca and at home to Villarreal, before 2-0 victories at Celta Vigo on 17 October and at home to Real Betis on Saturday.
• Atlético are unbeaten in their last 21 Liga matches (W12 D9), a club record.
• Suárez scored his 150th Liga goal at Celta, in his 196th match in the competition. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (140 matches) has been faster to that mark in the 21st century.
• The victory at Celta was Simeone's 200th Liga win as Atlético coach, in his 330th match. He is the second Liga boss to reach that landmark with one club, after former Real Madrid coach Miguel Muñoz (257 matches).
• Kieran Trippier became the 123rd player to captain England in a 3-0 friendly victory over Wales on 8 October. Three days later, he started a 2-1 UEFA Nations League victory against Belgium in which club-mate Yannick Carrasco, a scorer for Atlético at Celta, also featured.
• Suárez's penalty helped Uruguay to a 2-1 victory against Chile in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on 8 October. Five days later, he converted two more spot kicks in a 4-2 defeat away to Ecuador.
• Diego Costa has been out since 17 October due to a hamstring injury.
• José María Giménez, who has a muscle injury, was an unused substitute against Betis while Saúl Ñíguez's last appearance came on 3 October.
• Šime Vrsaljko – who is not in Atlético's UEFA Champions League squad – is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.
• Summer transfers
In: Oumar Solet (Lyon)
Out: Hee-Chan Hwang (RB Leipzig), Philipp Köhn (Wil, loan)
• Salzburg have won all nine of their games in domestic competition so far this season, scoring 37 goals and conceding six. They were 2-0 victors at Austria Wien in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
• The Matchday 1 draw with Lokomotiv ended Salzburg's winning run in all competitions at 12 matches; they are unbeaten in 23 games (W20 D3), since a 3-2 Austrian Bundesliga loss at Altach on 2 March.
• Salzburg scored 110 goals in 32 league games in 2019/20, and have already managed 19 in their five fixtures in the new season.
• The Austrian champions have scored at least twice in each of their ten matches in 2020/21 in all competitions. Lokomotiv are the only team to score more than once against Salzburg this season.
• Patson Daka hit four goals in Salzburg's first game of 2020/21, a 10-0 Austrian Cup win against Bregenz on 9 September. His side defeated St. Pölten 3-0 in the second round on 7 October.
• Daka has scored in seven of Salzburg's ten matches this season, 12 goals in total, including the second on Saturday.
• Albert Vallci, who opened the scoring at St Pölten, recently agreed a contract extension until 2024.
• Antoine Bernède is not expected to return to action until 2021 having broken his tibia in training.
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