This match was supposed to have first place at stake, but after Bayern went to Russia and lost to Rostov 3-2, it’s primarily for pride. That being said, it’s matchups like these that make the Champions League unique viewing. Atletico have wrapped up the group, winning every match so far and conceding only a single goal. In Spain, they sit in fourth, three points off of second, after a 0-0 draw at home against Espanyol over the weekend. After their heartbreaking loss to Real Madrid in last year’s UCL final, it would be hard to begrudge Diego Simeone prioritizing success in Europe over chasing Real and Barca in La Liga. Bayern, meanwhile, have unexpected competition domestically, as they look up at league leaders RB Leipzig, who are enjoying their first-ever season in the Bundesliga. They were able to brush aside Mainz on Friday to keep the gap at three points. With the Bundesliga much less of a sure thing this season, you have to wonder if they’ll be forced to take an eye off of Europe as they look to reassert their German dominance. Should Atletico leave Munich with all three points, they’ll be the seventh team to complete a perfect run in the group stage.
Bayern last won the Champions League in 2013 and have since watched the trophy stay in Spain for three straight years, despite Pep leading them to four straight Bundesliga titles and the German national team atop international football. New manager Carlo Ancelotti’s charge is clear - get the Champions League trophy back to Munich. They’re bolstered by the additions of former Dortmund captain Mats Hummels and the Euros’ breakout young star, Renato Sanches. After losing in the semi-finals last year on away goals to Atletico Madrid, the German giants will be motivated to get back on top.
Last season’s Champions League proved to be heartbreak again for Atletico as they were runners-up to rivals Real Madrid for the second time in three years. The momentum should continue for Atleti, however, as manager Diego Simeone has stayed put. Also committing themselves to the Vicente Calderon is star French forward Antoine Greizmann, who will be joined in attack with the formidable options of Fernando Torres, Kevin Gamiero, Saul, Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan, among others. Combine that with a stern defense and Atletico Madrid are no longer relative surprise finalists, but one of the favorites. We’ll be treated to a matchup against Bayern, but with PSV Eindhoven and Rostov rounding out the group, Atleti should make it out comfortably.
Equal parts bruiser and magician, Vidal won Serie A in each of his four seasons at Juventus.
Scored 42 goals in all competitions last season and began the new Bundesliga season with a hat trick.
Was named player of the tournament at Euro 2016, scoring six goals and adding two assists in seven games.
The rock at the heart of Atleti's defense has played over 180 matches for Los Rojiblancos.