Our match prediction:
Vicente Calderon will host a blockbuster clash this week as Atletico Madrid prepare to welcome Germany’s greatest, Bayern Munich. La Liga giants have had a slower start to the season with Diego SImeone endured heavy pressure from the media and public in Spain, but the temperamental tactician responded in the best way possible. His side notched a couple of high-margin wins before stifling Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou and they will be highly motivated to do a similar thing to in-form Bavarians. Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich might be a tad different to Pep Guardiola’s side, but Germans are still enjoying a great run in the new season with eight triumphs on the trot. The Bavarians have opened their European account with the 5-0 hammering of FK Rostov and even though they are unlikely to repeat the feat at Vicente Calderon, Bayern Munich are travelling to Spain aiming at a win. It will be difficult to achieve it against a highly organised defensive unit and we are more prone to predict a tightly-contested clash than going for a win on either side.
Highligted Player (Fernando Torres):
Fernando Torres is a product of Atletico Madrid’s youth school. The 186-cm-tall attacker scored 82 goals in 214 league appearances for the capital club and in 2007 he moved to England. Torres signed a deal with Liverpool and he played for the Anfield outfit from 2007 to 2011. On 31 January, 2011 he signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with fellow Premier League club Chelsea and it has to be noted that he won the Champions League trophy with the Blues in 2012. The Spanish attacker clinched the 2012/2013 Europa League title with Chelsea as well, but on 31 August, 2014 he joined Serie A side Milan on loan. Torres made his debut for the Rossoneri on 20 September, 2014, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Juventus. The Spanish forward returned to Atletico Madrid on 29 December, 2014 and he scored 11 goals for los Rojiblancos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign. Speaking of his international career, Torres won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Spain, while lifting Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 trophies with la Furia Roja.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times. The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005. Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.