Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Wanda Metropolitano when Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund face each other in the Group A derby. Atletico Madrid sit in second place in the standings and, no doubt, they are eager to get their revenge on Borussia Dortmund for an embarrassing 4-0 loss at Signal-Iduna-Park. Los Rojiblancos’ pride is at stake and we predict that Diego Simeone’s troops are going to leave their hearts on the field. Diego Costa is fully fit and he is likely to be deployed up front, alongside French attacker Antoine Griezmann. The Millionaires, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun under new coach Lucien Favre, but seeing that Atletico Madrid are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the away team will be Marco Reus.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Anthony Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision.
Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team.
Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the U19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.