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Atletico's Griezmann focussed and firing for Leverkusen test

Atletico's Griezmann focussed and firing for Leverkusen test

"It is clear that it is a result (the first leg) that makes things complicated for us to go through, but we have seen in the last few days (Barcelona's victory) what can be seen in football". Forward Fernando Torres has returned to training following the head injury he suffered against Deportivo on March 2.

9 - Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in nine of Atletico's last 10 home Champions League goals (scored seven, two assists). "We need to go out wanting to win, not thinking about what has happened in the past", Godin said.

Atletico came out well on top after a ding-dong first leg in Leverkusen, and the woefully out of form Bundesliga outfit have since sacked coach Roger Schmidt and named former Hannover and Kaiserslautern boss Tayfun Korkut as his replacement until the end of the season.

Leverkusen, though, will be depleted by injury and suspension themselves.

Benjamin Henrichs and influential midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu are banned, while Toprak, Jonathan Tah, Stefan Kiessling and captain Lars Bender are out injured.

Atletico Madrid advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing first in Group D, while Bayer Leverkusen earned a berth to the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group E behind AS Monaco.

This could be a decisive week in Atletico's season as they bid to join Real Madrid and Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League before hosting third-placed Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday. However, it has not progressed past the round of 16 since 2001-2002, when it was a beaten finalist.

However, that has not stopped the optimism of the German supporters, 1,200 of whom will follow their side to the Vicente Calderon.

Sides that have won the first away leg of a Champions League knockout tie by two goals are just W4-D2-L4 since 2012/13 in the return, but Atletico's excellent home record means that we're reluctant to side with Leverkusen and instead wouldn't be surprised if this ended in a score draw, with the 1-1 and 2-2 correct scores both of interest at 7.5 and 13.0 respectively.

Yannick Carrasco has had to step up and deliver more goals this season, with Kevin Gameiro not being quite as prolific as they'd hoped.

"It will be a tough game and I'm expecting a similar game to the first leg in which they can create chances".


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