Atlético Madrid came back to win their first game, and now take on a Clube Brugge side on a seven-match losing run.
Article top media content
Club Brugge have extended their losing streak in the UEFA Champions League to seven matches and the Group A challenge does not get any easier with a visit to Atlético Madrid.
• While Club Brugge went down 1-0 at home to a late Borussia Dortmund goal on matchday one, Atlético came from behind to win 2-1 at Monaco – ending their run of five matches in the competition without an away victory.
• Club Brugge have won both previous contests between the sides in Belgium – and both ties on aggregate, which were also Atlético's only games against Belgian clubs.
• The Belgian club were 2-0 winners in the home first leg of their 1977/78 European Cup quarter-final against Atlético, and survived a 3-2 defeat in Spain to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Club Brugge went on to finish runners-up to Liverpool, in Belgium's only European Cup final appearance.
• It was also a 3-2 scoreline in Madrid when the sides were reunited in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, Atlético again emerging victorious. Once more, however, it was Club Brugge who came out on top on aggregate, progressing on away goals after a 2-1 second-leg win in Bruges; that remains their last win in a European quarter-final.
• UEFA Champions League finalists in 2014 and 2016, and semi-finalists two seasons ago, Atlético won only one game in the 2017/18 competition, drawing four, to finish behind Roma and Chelsea in their section.
• Atlético won only one of their three home games in last season's group stage, and had their 11-match unbeaten home European run (W9 D2) ended by a 2-1 loss against Chelsea on matchday two – the Spanish club's first continental game at their new Estadio Metropolitano home.
• However, Los Rojiblancos then moved into the UEFA Europa League, winning their first five matches – all without conceding a goal. They lost only one of nine overall and defeated Marseille 3-0 in the Lyon final.
• Atlético have won their last five home European matches – all without conceding a goal. The Chelsea reverse is their only loss in the last 18 games in their own stadium (W14 D3).
• Diego Simeone's side have already lifted European silverware this season, beating Real Madrid 4-2 in August's UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn – making them the first team to win the competition on their first three appearances.
• The matchday one success at Monaco means Atlético have won their last four European games, and have lost only one of their last 15 matches in continental competition (W10 D4).
• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League finals in the last nine seasons.
• Belgian champions for the 15th time in 2017/18, this is Club Brugge's second group campaign in three seasons, and their sixth overall. Before 2016/17 – when they lost every game to finish bottom of a group including Leicester, Porto and København – their previous participation had come in 2005/06.
• The Belgian side are without a win in their last 11 UEFA Champions League fixtures, qualifying included (D1 L10).
• Group stage to final, Club Brugge's last win in the competition was a 3-2 home defeat of Rapid Wien in November 2005; their record since then is D1 L8. They have won only two of their last 13 fixtures in the UEFA Champions League proper (D1 L10).
• Qualifying included, Club Brugge have lost their last six UEFA Champions League away games. They have lost their last four away group games, since a 1-0 win at Rapid Wien on 18 October 2005.
• The Belgian side have never won in Spain, where their record is D4 L7 – they have lost on their last two trips.
Links and trivia
• Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko played for Spanish side Málaga between 2001 and 2005, scoring four goals in 79 league appearances. His record in five games against Atlético was W2 L3 – all three defeats coming in Madrid – scoring in a 2-1 Málaga home success in April 2004.
• Nikola Kalinić and Matej Mitrović have played together for Croatia.
Atlético de Madrid
• In: Rodri (Villarreal), Antonio Adán (Betis), Nehuén Pérez (Argentinos Juniors)*, Gelson Martins (free), Jonny Castro (Celta)*, Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Santiago Arias (PSV), Nikola Kalinić (Milan)
Out: Fernando Torres (end of contract), Gabi Fernández (al-Sadd), Axel Werner (Huesca, loan), Emiliano Velázquez (Rayo Vallecano), Jonny Castro (Wolves, loan), Nehuén Pérez (Argentinos Juniors, loan), Šime Vrsaljko (Internazionale Milano, loan), André Moreira (Aston Villa, loan), Luciano Vietto (Fulham), Kevin Gameiro (Valencia)
*Not in UEFA Champions League squad
• Koke made his 50th UEFA Champions League appearance on matchday one.
• Diego Costa scored twice in Atlético's 4-2 extra-time defeat of Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on 15 August. Saúl Ñíguez and Koke were also on target.
• Costa has scored three goals in two UEFA club competition appearances this season, but he has not found the net in domestic football since striking against Sevilla on 25 February. He has since scored five goals in Europe.
• Five points from four matches this season represented Atlético's worst start to a Liga campaign under Diego Simeone. They had, however, won two in a row before Saturday's 0-0 draw at Real Madrid.
• Santi Arias (fractured rib) and Stefan Savić (calf) have been sidelined, although the former was an unused substitute at the weekend.
• Vitolo sprained a knee in the 1-1 draw at Valencia on 20 August and has not played since.
• On 26 September Ángel Correa signed a new deal running until 2024.
• Summer transfers
In: Karlo Letica (Hajduk Split), Siebe Schrijvers (Genk), Clinton Mata (Charleroi), Mats Rits (Mechelen), Luan Peres (Ituano), Arnaut Groeneveld (NEC Nijmegen), Matej Mitrović (Beşiktaş, loan made permanent), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord)
Out: Jérémy Perbet (Charleroi), Jens Teunckens (Royal Antwerp), Jordi Vanlerberghe (Oostende, loan), Alexander Scholz (Midtjylland), Abdoulay Diaby (Sporting CP), Ahmed Touba (Leuven, loan), Ricardo van Rhijn (AZ Alkmaar), Sander Coopman (Oostende)
• Club Brugge won the Belgian Super Cup for the 15th time on 22 July in their own Jan Breydelstadion, beating Standard Liège 2-1 with goals from Hans Vanaken and Wesley.
• The Belgian champions are unbeaten in their first nine league games this season, picking up eight wins; they defeated Cerle Brugge 4-0 on Saturday.
• Wesley scored his first career hat-trick in a 4-0 derby win at Gent on 23 September.
• Club Brugge's Belgian Cup campaign ended in the last 32, with a 2-0 defeat at amateur side Deinze three days later.
• Summer signing Clinton Mata made his Club Brugge debut as a substitute on Saturday having been sidelined since undergoing groin surgery in late June.
• Rezaei Kaveh missed the Dortmund match with a knee problem and has not played since.