Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A place in the Champions League last 16 will be at stake when Porto and Atletico Madrid face each other at Estadio do Dragao on Tuesday evening. The Dragons sit in 2nd place in Group B ahead of the decider, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Joao Mario has joined the likes of Conceicao, Marcano, Pepe, and Ramos in the recovery room.
Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Milan in their last group game, and, as a result, this has to go down as a must-win game for the away team. Diego Simeone’s troops suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Mallorca at the weekend as well, meaning that they are low on spirits ahead of the trip to Portugal. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Estadio do Dragao, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Felipe misses out through suspension, while Carrasco, Gimenez, and Savic are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Porto as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign.
The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
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 Rojiblancos 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.