Atletico are already guaranteed to progress into the knockout rounds and PSV are resigned to hoping to get into the Europa league by being one of the top four fourth-place teams. Atletico will clinch the group with a win and Bayern dropping points at Rostov - but it appears most likely that they will have to clinch the group by avoiding defeat to the Bundesliga side. They come into the match against PSV off a 3-0 loss at home in the Madrid Derby, which was their third loss in their last four matches. Suffice to say, they’re desperate for a return to form. They welcome PSV, who sit at the bottom of the group and third in the Eredivisie. They’ve only won one of their last five and likewise could use a confidence boost. The first matchup between these two sides ended in a late 1-0 win for Atletico and you’d expect them to best that result in the return fixture.
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.
As the current Eredivisie champions, PSV qualified directly into the group stage. Their Champions League campaign last year included wins over each of their group opponents - Manchester United, Wolfsburg, and CSKA Moscow - before losing to Atletico Madrid on penalties after holding them scoreless for 210 minutes. Again, they’ll boast an impressive spine in Mexican internationals Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno, and Dutchmen at either end with Jeroen Zoet in goal and Luuk de Jong up top. With Bayern and Atletico Madrid in their group, they’ll need heroics to get out of their group for the second year running.
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.