Atletico Madrid will look to reach their second Champions League final in three seasons when they travel to face the 2013 winners, Bayern Munich, with a one-goal advantage from the first leg.
Saul Niguez’s brilliant solo goal was enough to give Diego Simeone’s side a slender lead ahead of their trip to Germany on Tuesday night, and the Argentine manager says his team will go for the away goal at the Allianz Arena, rather than hold on to what they have.
Atletico lost to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the 2014 final, meaning they are yet to win Europe’s elite club competition, and they will be hoping to end that drought this term.
The Spanish outfit are in fine form themselves too – they have won their last seven matches, including keeping six successive clean sheets, and won 1-0 against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend to stay level with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga standings, although they needed a goal from substitute Antoine Griezmann to take all three points.
Atletico face a tough task in the German capital though – Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last 11 matches on their own turf in the Champions League since being beaten by Real in the 2014 semi-finals.
The Spaniard will be desperate to reach the final this year, something he has so far failed to achieve during his time at the club, as well as trying to win it before he leaves to take up the role as Manchester City manager this summer.
Bayern missed the chance to win the Bundesliga title on Saturday as they drew 1-1 at home to Borussia Monchengladbach, although they did rest a number of players, including David Alaba, Arturo Vidal, Robert Lewandowski, Thiago and Douglas Costa.
For the hosts, Jerome Boateng is expected to play after returning from injury in the draw against Monchengladbach on Saturday, but Holger Badstuber and Arjen Robben have both been ruled out, while Franck Ribery is a doubt with a back problem.
Simeone should be able to welcome back Diego Godin to his starting XI, while Yannick Carrasco took part in training over the weekend and could feature.
However, the match comes too soon for Tiago, who is still recovering from a hip problem.
League Positions: Atletico – 2nd (La Liga – 85 pas); Bayern – 1st (Bundesliga – 82 pts)
Previous Meeting: Atletico 1-0 Bayern (April 26, 2016)
Form: Atletico – WWWWWW; Bayern – DWWWLD
Key Men: Atletico – Antoine Griezmann; Bayern – Robert Lewandowski
Shoot Says: Bayern Munich 1-1 Atletico