Our football match prediction:
BayArena will host Tuesday’s football game between Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid. Roger Schmidt’s team did well to beat the likes of Tottenham and Monaco in the group stages of the elite competition and seeing that they have been in a fine form in the national championship of late, the Bundesliga are definitely capable of making life difficult for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16, first leg. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, recorded five wins in the group stages, while suffering a loss to Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena in their final group game. The last season’s runners up face a difficult task in Tuesday’s clash at BayArena, meaning that they would be happy with the share of spoils. The two teams faced each other in the knockout stages of Champions League two seasons ago, with Atletico Madrid emerging triumphant on penalties, but we predict that they play out a draw this time out.
Highlighted Player (Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg. The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses. The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy. Los Rojblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.