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Champions League: Bayern Seek Atletico Revenge

Kelechi Iheanacho
Posted: Sep 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

There is one thing that will be on the minds of Bayern Munich players
in their UEFA Champions League match against Atletico Madrid,
banishing their last season’s semi-final loss.
And that means revenge.  Atletico Madrid have played Bayern four times
in European competition; they have never been able to score more than
once across those encounters.
Diego Simeone’s side have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 12
group games in the competition, conceding just three goals in total in
that run.
Bayern Munich have won 19 of their last 23 Group Stage games in the
Champions League, drawing one and losing three keeping 13 clean sheets
and failing to score just once in that run, their 0-2 loss to Arsenal
at the Emirates.
Bayern come into this match having lost three successive Champions
League games in Spain; failing to score a single goal in that time.
Thiago Alcantara believes Bayern Munich are facing the best defensive
side in the world in Atletico Madrid, but is confident they can
However, Thiago believes that Bayern – now coached by Carlo Ancelotti
– have learnt plenty of lessons from that two-leg defeat and is
backing the team to leave the Vicente Calderon with all three points.
“I am really looking forward to the game. Atletico reached the final
last year,” Thiago said at a news conference.
“We know from playing them in the semi-finals how they play. We know
their strengths and their weakness. We have to deploy all our weapons
against them. They defend better than us, better than Barcelona,
better than any other team in the world.
“We’re not thinking about revenge for last season, it is a different
game. It’s a group-stage game so it will be less emotional than a
“It’s important for us to win the away games, or at least take home as
many points as possible.”
Bayern won their Group D opener against Rostov 5-0, while Atletico
beat PSV 1-0 on matchday one.