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Atlético v Juventus background

Club Atlético de Madrid will aim to kick-start their Group A campaign against Juventus at the Vicente Calderón, a stadium that has become a fortress for them in Europe.

Atleti have won 17 of their last 19 European home games at the Vicente Calderón
Atleti have won 17 of their last 19 European home games at the Vicente Calderón ©Getty Images

Beaten at Olympiacos FC on matchday one, Club Atlético de Madrid will hope for better when they host Juventus in the clubs' first ever meeting.

Match background

• Atlético won five and drew one of their six home fixtures in last season's UEFA Champions League.

• Overall they have won 17 of their last 19 games at the Vicente Calderón in UEFA competition. The only defeat was a 2-0 loss to FC Rubin Kazan in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 in February 2013.

• Atlético's home record against teams from Italy is W6 D0 L3, including a 4-1 victory against AC Milan in last season's round of 16.

• Juventus began their Group A campaign with a 2-0 home success against Malmö FF.

• They took just one point from their three away matches in last term's UEFA Champions League, but then won three of four away fixtures in the UEFA Europa League.

• Real Madrid CF were among their group stage opponents in 2013/14. Juve lost 2-1 in the Spanish capital and drew 2-2 in Turin.

• Juventus's record in Spain is W3 D4 L14. Their record in Madrid is W2 D0 L5.

• Giorgio Chiellini is the only survivor of their last victory in Spain – 2-0 at Real Madrid in the 2008/09 group stage.

Coach and player links
• Diego Simeone spent eight seasons in Serie A, playing for Pisa Calcio (1990–92, 55 Serie A appearances/6 goals), FC Internazionale Milano (1997–99; 57/11) and SS Lazio (1999–2003, 90/15).

• Simeone helped Juventus lift the Serie A title in May 2002 when he scored for Lazio in a 4-2 final-day win over his former club Inter that allowed the Bianconeri to leapfrog the Nerazzurri at the summit.

• His playing record against Juventus was W4 D2 L1.

• As Calcio Catania coach in 2010/11, Simeone's side scored two late goals (81, 90+5) to rescue a 2-2 draw away to Juventus.

• As Milan coach, Massimiliano Allegri won one of 12 matches against Spanish clubs in the UEFA Champions League – a 2-0 first-leg success against FC Barcelona in the 2012/13 round of 16 (2-4 aggregate).

• His record away to Spanish opposition with Milan was W0 D1 L5.

• Juve's Álvaro Morata was a 79th-minute substitute in Real Madrid's 4-1 UEFA Champions League final win over Atlético in May. He played in four Madrid derbies overall (W3 L1).

• Morata spent two years in Atlético's youth ranks from the age of 12 and was a ball boy at the Vicente Calderón. He moved on to Getafe CF and then Madrid (37 Liga appearances, 10 goals).

• Tiago made 42 Serie A outings for Juventus (2007–10).

• Diego Godín's goal earned Uruguay the 1-0 win over Italy that eliminated the Azzurri from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Also playing were Cristian Rodríguez and Martín Cáceres (Uruguay); Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Chiellini, Andrea Pirlo and the red-carded Claudio Marchisio (Italy).

• Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra and Antoine Griezmann helped France beat Koke and Raúl García's Spain 1-0 in a friendly on 4 September.

• In two seasons with Torino FC (2012–14), Alessio Cerci lost all four derbies against Juventus.

• At Athletic Club, Fernando Llorente faced Atlético 13 times (W5 D1 L7), scoring five goals. His last appearance against the Rojiblancos came in the 2012 UEFA Europa League final (0-3).

• Cáceres played in Spain for RC Recreativo de Huelva, Barcelona and Sevilla FC and faced Atlético seven times (W3 D2 L2).

• Mario Mandžukić scored in FC Bayern München's 2-0 UEFA Champions League quarter-final victory at Juventus in 2012/13 (4-0 aggregate).

Match facts


• Simeone returns to the touchline after serving a suspension on matchday one.

• Saúl Ñíguez and Raúl Jiménez scored their first goals for the club on Saturday as Atlético won 4-0 at home to a Sevilla FC side that had begun level at the top of the table.

• Mario Mandžukić returned to action on Saturday after breaking his nose against Olympiacos.

• The 1-0 victory against UD Almería on 24 September was Simeone's 100th win as Atlético coach, a milestone he reached in 156 games. Only Ricardo Zamora and Luis Aragonés had previously achieved the feat.

• The fixture in Almeria was Juanfran's 300th in the Spanish top flight.

• Miranda scored his third Liga goal of the campaign against Almería. He managed two league goals in each of the two previous seasons.

• Cristian Rodríguez has been out since 8 September because of a thigh injury.

• Eight of Atlético's 11 league goals this season have come from set pieces.


• Roberto Pereyra is available after serving a one-game ban on matchday one. He was sent off in former club Udinese Calcio's UEFA Europa League play-off at FC Slovan Liberec in August 2013.

• Carlos Tévez took his tally to six goals in his last four outings with a double in Saturday's 3-0 win at Atalanta BC.

• Álvaro Morata completed the scoring with his first goal for the club.

• The Turin club have won 12 successive league matches since a 2-0 defeat by SSC Napoli on 30 March.

• Tévez landed the decisive blow as Juventus defeated Milan 1-0 at San Siro on 20 September.

• Tévez was rested four days later for the visit of AC Cesena as the Old Lady became the first side in Serie A history to win their opening four matches without conceding.

• Arturo Vidal was on target twice in the 3-0 triumph over Cesena. His opener was his first goal in the Italian top flight since 2 February.

• That result stretched Juventus's sequence of Serie A home victories to 21, equalling the record set by Torino FC between 1947 and 1948. The last team to avoid defeat at the Juventus Stadium was Cagliari Calcio (1-1) in May 2013 when the Bianconeri had already secured the Scudetto.

• Andrea Pirlo (hip) and Andrea Barzagli (Achilles) are yet to play this season.

• Martín Cáceres went off 35 minutes into the Milan game with a thigh injury.