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Atlético vs Man. City Champions League quarter-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg between Atlético and Manchester City.

Atleti's Yannick Carrasco in training on Tuesday morning
Atleti's Yannick Carrasco in training on Tuesday morning AFP via Getty Images

Atlético and Manchester City meet in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday 13 April.

Atlético vs Manchester City at a glance

When: Wednesday 13 April (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid
What: UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg (first leg: 0-1)
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Semi-final opponents: Real Madrid 

Where to watch Atlético vs Manchester City on TV

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

What happened in the first leg?

Highlights: Man. City 1-0 Atlético

What many expected to happen. City dominated possession (68%) and Atlético did what Atlético do; they were compact, organised and resilient. Diego Simeone's men successfully navigated three-quarters of their assignment before Phil Foden came off the bench and made an instant impact, setting up Kevin De Bruyne for an excellent deadlock-breaking finish.

Starting line-ups

Atlético: Oblak; Savić, Felipe, Reinildo; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Kondogbia, Lemar, Renan Lodi; Griezmann, João Félix

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, João Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo Silva

Away goals rule abolished

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: ties level after the second leg will go to extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored.

Form guide

Since round of 16 (all competitions, most recent first)
Where they stand: 4th in Spanish Liga

Manchester City
Since round of 16 (all competitions, most recent first)
Where they stand: 1st in Premier League, FA Cup semi-finals

Expert predictions

Graham Hunter, Atlético reporter: It’s not just that Atleti trail an exceptional City 1-0 that’s troubling; their strikers are also suddenly out of form and José María Giménez and Héctor Herrera are struggle to be passed fit. No meaningful shots on target across their last two matches (both defeats) might mean Ángel Correa re-introduced into the XI. But Herrera brings order to the creative construction while Giménez, when paired with Stefan Savić, hugely improves Atleti’s defensive reliability.

Simon Hart, Man. City reporter: The latest stage of City’s Champions League quest is sandwiched between their two domestic showdowns with Liverpool. They threw everything at the Reds in Sunday’s 2-2 home draw, accumulating 181 sprints, their highest number in a Premier League game this season, so expect Pep Guardiola to shuffle his pack. City have scored in all but one of their last 16 away matches and, with a 1-0 lead and the inspirational Kevin De Bruyne in fine form, they can be confident of reaching a third semi-final.

Foden sets up City winner with first touch

What the coaches say

Diego Simeone, Atlético coach: "[Manchester City] play in the same way no matter who they are playing against. They have an installed, accepted and applauded philosophy. They have great players and a great coach. Pressure, quick transitions and what we can do, will be important."

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach: "It will be a different game, not like last week. They're at home with their fans behind them [...] At the Wanda they create problems, defend and counter. They will be more intense in the top half of the field than they were the other night. We adapt and if we're losing, we go with everything to get it back. If we're on top maybe we sit a bit deeper."

Where is the 2022 Champions League final?

The Stade de France in Saint-Denis will host the final on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.

The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.