Leipzig vs Atlético Champions League quarter-finals preview: where to watch, team news

Leipzig and Atlético will meet in Lisbon in the second of this season's one-off UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Julian Nagelsmann will lead Leipzig into their first ever meeting with Spanish opposition in European competition
Julian Nagelsmann will lead Leipzig into their first ever meeting with Spanish opposition in European competition

Leipzig and Atlético meet at 21:00 CET on Thursday 13 August in the second of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon.

Leipzig vs Atlético build-up


Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Rule changes

The Champions League season so far
The Champions League season so far

From the quarter-finals, all matches will be played as one-off ties at two stadiums in Lisbon, Portugal; this game is being held at the Estádio José Alvalade.

Teams will be able to make five substitutions but will only be allowed to make these changes at three points in the game. These three occasions do not include changes at half-time, between the end of normal playing time and extra time, and at half-time during extra time. One additional substitution will be allowed during extra time.

There will also be more player to choose from: a total of 23 players will be allowed on the match sheet instead of 18, something usually only permitted for the final.

How did the teams get this far?

Group G winners after suffering only one defeat, Leipzig saw off 2019 runners-up Tottenham in the round of 16 - the manner in which they did so (4-0 on aggregate) will have made many observers sit up and take notice.

Typically dogged for much of the campaign, Atlético did suffer two defeats in the group stage but reasserted their status as one of the teams to avoid by ousting holders Liverpool in the last 16.

Possible line-ups

Memorable Atlético wins against German clubs
Memorable Atlético wins against German clubs

Leipzig: to follow
Players added to squad: Hugo Novoa
Players removed from squad: Ethan Ampadu, Frederik Jäkel, Timo Werner, Hannes Wolf

Atlético: to follow
Players added to squad: none
Players removed from squad: none

Expert view

James Thorogood, Leipzig reporter: Much like Ajax last season, Leipzig have been a surprise package after catching the eye with an attractive brand of football to book their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time.

If topping Group G wasn't enough to be taken seriously, the 4-0 aggregate win over last year's beaten finalists Tottenham in the round of 16 was. Leipzig's performances underlined the extent of their progress in head coach Julian Nagelsmann's first season.

Joseph Walker, Atlético reporter: Atlético have had their ups and downs domestically this season, but have saved their best performances for Europe's premier club competition. From their resilience in coming back from two goals down against Juventus on Matchday 1, to their logic-defying victory over Liverpool in the last 16, their never-say-die attitude and fighting spirit are just two of the reasons they should never be discounted.

Latest results

Watch every Leipzig Champions League goal this season
Watch every Leipzig Champions League goal this season

Leipzig
Form: WLDWD (all competitions, most recent first)
Where they finished: 3rd in Bundesliga

Atlético
Form: DWWDW (all competitions, most recent first)
Where they finished: 3rd in Liga

What the coaches say

To follow

Form guide

Leipzig
• Not only is this Leipzig's first meeting with Atlético – it is their first official game against Spanish opposition.

Leipzig: story so far, profile

• This is Leipzig's second trip to Lisbon in 2019/20 having won 2-1 at Benfica on Matchday 1.

• Leipzig finished three points clear at the top of Group G, picking up seven of their 11 points on their travels thanks to that win at Benfica and a 2-0 success at Zenit before they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Lyon on Matchday 6. At home they bounced back from losing 2-0 to eventual section runners-up Lyon by defeating Zenit 2-1 and drawing 2-2 with Benfica in their penultimate game to secure progress.

• Julian Nagelsmann's side then despatched Tottenham 4-0 on aggregate in the round of 16 (1-0 a, 3-0 h) in their first UEFA Champions League knockout tie.

• Aside from the win at Benfica earlier this season, the German club's only other visit to Portugal ended in a 3-1 reverse at Porto in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage, only their second European away fixture.

• Leipzig have won seven of their 14 UEFA Champions League fixtures (D3 L4).

• Leipzig's record outside Germany in this season's competition is therefore W3 D1; they had previously won only three of their 12 European away matches (D4 L5).

• Third in the Bundesliga in 2018/19 and German Cup finalists, this is Leipzig's third European campaign, and only their 33rd match. In 2017/18 they became the first team to make their European debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage, picking up seven points to finish third in a section including Beşiktaş, Porto and Monaco. They went on to reach the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals before losing to Marseille.

• Leipzig's record in knockout European ties is W6 L1, their 2017/18 loss to Marseille the sole defeat (1-0 h, 2-5 a). That is also their only previous quarter-final.

• Leipzig have yet to feature in a UEFA penalty shoot-out.

Atlético
• Atlético finished with ten points in this season's group stage, six behind Juventus. Having fought back from two goals down to draw with Juve on Matchday 1, Atlético then won 2-0 at Lokomotiv Moskva and 1-0 at home to Bayer Leverkusen only to lose 2-1 in Germany and 1-0 at Juve; a 2-0 defeat of Lokomotiv in Madrid on Matchday 6 nevertheless earned second place.

Atlético: story so far, profile

• Diego Simeone's side then ousted holders Liverpool in the round of 16, following up a 1-0 home win with a 3-2 success after extra time at Anfield.

• Second in Spain in 2018/19, this is Atlético's tenth UEFA Champions League campaign and their eighth appearance in the knockout stages.

• Atleti also finished second in their section in 2018/19 and bowed out in the round of 16 after succumbing to a Juventus fightback (2-0 h, 0-3 a).

• The success at Liverpool was only Atlético's second win in their last 12 matches away from their home stadium… in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds (D3 L7).

• Atlético have lost lost just five of their last 17 European fixtures outside Madrid, winning seven, although four of those defeats have come in their last seven matches (W2 D1).

• Despite defeats on Matchdays 4 and 5 this season, Atlético have lost only five of their last 30 matches in continental competition (W19 D6).

• Atlético's overall record against German clubs is W21 D7 L16, although this season's loss at Leverkusen made it five defeats in their last six matches against Bundesliga clubs outside Spain.

• Los Colchoneros have won their last eight knockout ties against German sides, most recently against Leverkusen in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (4-2 a, 0-0 h). Their last aggregate defeat came against Dynamo Dresden in the 1979/80 UEFA Cup first round (1-2 h, 0-3 a).

• Atlético are in the European Cup quarter-finals for the tenth time, and the fifth time in seven seasons. Their last-eight record is W6 L3 – they have won three of their last four quarter-finals, most recently beating Leicester City in 2016/17 (1-0 h, 1-1 a).

• The Spanish side last visited the Estádio José Alvalade in the quarter-finals of their victorious UEFA Europa League campaign in 2017/18, going through thanks to a 2-0 home first-leg win against Sporting CP despite a 1-0 reverse in Lisbon. That was their second game at the José Alvalade, following a 2-2 draw against Sporting in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg, a tie Atlético won on away goals after a scoreless first game; once again, the Spanish side also went on to lift the trophy that season.

• That 2018 defeat by Sporting made Atlético's record in Portugal W3 D2 L5. The three victories have come in their last five visits, including a 2-1 success at Benfica on Matchday 6 of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League in which Saúl Ñíguez opened the scoring.

• Atlético lost 4-1 after extra time to city rivals Real Madrid in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final at Lisbon's Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica; their record in the city overall is W1 D1 L2.

• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League finals in the last ten seasons.

• Atlético's record in six UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W2 L4:
6-7 v Derby, 1974/75 UEFA Cup second round
1-3 v Fiorentina, 1989/90 UEFA Cup first round
1-3 v Villarreal, 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup final
3-2 v Bayer Leverkusen, 2014/15 UEFA Champions League round of 16
8-7 v PSV Eindhoven, 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16
3-5 v Real Madrid, 2015/16 UEFA Champions League final

Links and trivia

• Have played in Spain:
Angeliño (Girona 2017, Mallorca 2017)
Dani Olmo (Espanyol youth 2006/07, Barcelona youth 2007–14)

• International team-mates:
Dani Olmo & Vitolo, Álvaro Morata, Diego Costa, Mario Hermoso, Saúl Ñíguez, Koke (Spain)

• Kevin Kampl and Jan Oblak were Slovenia team-mates between 2012 and 2018.

• Héctor Herrera was on target in Porto's 3-1 home win against Leipzig in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage. Marcel Sabitzer provided an assist for the Bundesliga club, who had won the reverse fixture in Germany 3-2 – their first victory in the competition – with Willi Orban and Emil Forsberg both on target. Felipe also played both games for Porto.

• Christopher Nkunku scored in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-2 friendly win against Atlético in 2018.