PSV Eindhoven kick off their latest UEFA Champions League campaign against the team who ended their involvement in the last one, the 2016 runners-up Atlético Madrid.
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PSV Eindhoven kick off the new UEFA Champions League campaign against the team who ended their involvement in the old one. It was Club Atlético de Madrid, last term's runners-up, who eliminated the Dutch club on penalties in the round of 16.
• PSV and Atlético did not muster a goal between them in last season's two encounters, drawing 0-0 in Eindhoven, where Gastón Pereiro was sent off for the home team, and again in Madrid. Diego Simeone's men prevailed 8-7 on penalties, Luciano Narsingh the only player to err from the spot, striking the crossbar before Juanfran sealed PSV's fate.
• The line-ups for the first leg in the Netherlands on 24 February were:
PSV: Zoet, Arias, Bruma, Moreno, Willems, Guardado (Hendrix 75), Pröpper, Van Ginkel, Narsingh (Isimat-Mirin 65), Pereiro, Locadia (Lestienne 86).
Atlético: Oblak, Juanfran, Savić, Godín, Filipe Luís, Saúl Ñíguez (Correa 74), Gabi, Torres, Koke, Griezmann, Luciano Vietto (Torres 61).
• PSV were unbeaten at home in Europe last season, winning their three home matches in the group stage – against Manchester United FC, VfL Wolfsburg and PFC CSKA Moskva – before that goalless draw with Atlético.
• PSV's home record against Liga opposition is W4 D7 L2. Overall their record against Spanish sides reads W4 D12 L10.
• FC Barcelona are the only other Spanish side to have tasted victory at the PSV Stadion, winning 3-2 in the second leg of the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League quarter-final to complete a 5-4 aggregate triumph.
Atlético de Madrid
• Atlético were European Cup runners-up for the third time last season when going down 5-3 on penalties to neighbours Real Madrid CF in the final in Milan on 28 May.
• Atlético's record in the Netherlands is W1 D2 L3. Although victorious only once, they are unbeaten on their last three visits to face Eredivisie clubs.
Coach and player links
• Simeone captained Argentina in a 2-1 loss to Phillip Cocu's Netherlands in the 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Marseille.
• Simeone lost 1-0 at PSV as an SS Lazio player in the UEFA Champions League first group stage in September 2001.
• Cocu made 292 appearances for Barcelona between 1998 and 2005.
• He faced Atlético six times (W2 D2 L2) and was sent off in a 0-0 Liga draw at the Vicente Calderón in September 2003. Fernando Torres started the game for the home side as did current assistant coach Germán Burgos. Simeone was an unused substitute.
• Andrés Guardado played for RC Deportivo La Coruña (2007–12) and Valencia CF (2012–14). He scored Deportivo's winner in a 2-1 Liga home victory against Atlético on 21 November 2009.
• With RCD Espanyol (2011–15), Héctor Moreno faced Atlético seven times (W2 D1 L4).
• Gastón Pereiro (Uruguay) and Ángel Correa (Argentina) were on opposing sides in the 2015 U-20 South American Championship final in Montevideo. Pereiro opened the scoring for Uruguay, but Correa hit the winner in Argentina's 2-1 triumph.
• Played together:
Nicolas Isimat-Mirin & Yannick Carrasco (AS Monaco FC 2013/14).
• PSV are six matches unbeaten this season, winning four.
• Jeroen Zoet and PSV have gone 424 minutes without conceding a goal.
• On 31 July, PSV beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the Dutch Super Cup, Davy Pröpper scoring the only goal.
• Summer signing Siem de Jong has never played alongside brother Luuk at club level.
• Jürgen Locadia is expected to be out until the end of October with a groin injury suffered against FC Groningen on 28 August.
• Luuk de Jong has missed two penalties out of two this season (against Feyenoord and Groningen).
• Jorrit Hendrix made his Netherlands debut at the PSV Stadion on 2 September, coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Greece.
• Héctor Moreno was on target the same day for Mexico, scoring the equaliser as a side also featuring Andrés Guardado beat El Salvador 3-1.
• Atlético ended a run of four games without a win away from the Vicente Calderón, UEFA Champions League final included, with their 4-0 triumph at RC Celta de Vigo on Saturday.
• Atlético drew their first two Liga games this term, the first time they failed to record a win in the first two matches of the season under Diego Simeone.
• Kevin Gameiro, on his club debut, converted a late penalty against Deportivo Alavés on the opening day of the season.
• Koke set up Spain's first goal in their 8-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory over Liechtenstein, delivering a free-kick for Diego Costa to head in.
• Miguel Ángel Moyá has been struggling with a knee problem; Alessio Cerci has not played since April because of his own knee injury.