Atlético Madrid host Lokomotiv Moscow on the final day of the Champions League group stage, still looking to secure a place in the last 16 of the competition. The Russians still dream of a place in the Europa League.
Atletico Madrid comes to the decisive Champions League game in a series of four consecutive matches without a win (two losses and two draws). Well organized defensively, Atletico Madrid team has found no solutions in the attack, and in their 21 matches this season they have only scored 22 goals. Atletico's Champions League campaign started well, with two wins in the first two games, but two consecutive defeats against Leverkusen and Juventus force the team to fight for a place in the next phase.
Diego Costa, Savic, Giménez, Vrsaljko and Garces are injured.
The Champions League is over for the Moscow side, who come to this game hoping for a place in the Europa League. A victory at Wanda Metropolitano and a defeat of Leverkusen put the Russians in third place of the group D and the Germans out of European competitions. A win in the last five games (three defeats, a draw, a win) is Lokomotiv's score before starting the game in Madrid. In addition, the Russians lead a series of nine consecutive games to concede goals.
Yuri Semin, João Mário and Luka Djordjevic are injured. Miranchuk, Guilherme and Zhemaletdinov are doubtful for the meeting. Barinov is suspended.
Despite the bad form, we expect Atletico to win the game and confirm their place in the next Champions League knockout stage.
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