Bayern v Atlético: line-ups, where to watch, form guide
Monday, December 5, 2016
Carlo Ancelotti conceded that Bayern "need to play much better" than they have this autumn as they bid to end Atlético's five-game winning streak in Group D.
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- Atlético seeking to become seventh team to win all six group games
- Diego Simeone's side have not conceded in four matches in all competitions
- Atlético have won Group D; Bayern will finish second
- Carlo Ancelotti calls on Bayern to start raising their standard
- Rojiblancos were 1-0 victors in reverse fixture on 28 September
Bayern: Neuer; Rafinha, Martínez, Hummels, Bernat; Lahm, Sanches; Costa, Müller, Robben; Lewandowski.
Out: Felix Götze (suspended), Boateng (muscular injury)
Misses next match if booked: Boateng, Lahm
Atlético: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Giménez, Savić, Lucas Hernández; Gaitán, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco; Correa, Torres.
Out: Tiago (rested), Filipe Luís (rested), Augusto (knee), Cerci (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Filipe Luís
Where to watch
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.
Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern coach
We didn't achieve what we were hoping for [finishing top of the section], but against Atlético we want to put on a good performance. Motivation is high because we are playing such a tough opponent. We know we haven't always been at our best this season. From the knockout stages onwards we need to play much better because the standard is higher.
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach
We always wanted to give ourselves the best chance of finishing top, which isn't so easy with Bayern in the group. It's not easy to go to Eindhoven and Rostov and win – but we did it. We also won our home games. Bayern are a very competitive club with a strong team. They are able to adapt and play with different systems, firstly under Josep Guardiola and now with Carlo Ancelotti. We've done a lot of analysis in preparation and of course we will try to hurt them.
Mainz 1-3 Bayern (Córdoba 4; Lewandowski 8 90+1, Robben 21)
Bayern conceded for an eighth straight game for the first time since 2011 but turned things around with Arjen Robben's header sandwiched by Robert Lewandowski's eighth and ninth Liga goals this term.
Atlético 0-0 Espanyol
Atlético have kept two successive clean sheets but remain nine points adrift of capital rivals Real Madrid at the Liga summit.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter's view: Jordan Maciel (@UEFAcomJordanM)
There may only be pride at stake, but Ancelotti will be looking for a solid display from his team. While this match can hardly be used as a benchmark for the knockout rounds, Bayern know they must raise their game in Europe if they are to progress to the latter stages of the competition, and a win would give them the confidence to finish 2016 on a high. Atlético have less of a point to prove, but will also want to put on a performance after an underwhelming result on Saturday.
Did you know?
As a Lazio player in April 2000, Simeone scored the only goal in a 1-0 success at coach Ancelotti's Juventus in the penultimate month of a season where Lazio won the Scudetto by a single point from the Bianconeri. Read more in our extensive match background.