Hopeless Atletico vs AS Roma

Atletico Madrid must beat Roma to keep their faint hopes of a Champions League knockout place alive.

Back-to-back draws with Qarabag leave Atletico without a win in Europe this season, in stark contrast to their undefeated start to the Liga campaign.

Roma made easy work of Chelsea last time out and know just a point against Atletico, who lose Stefan Savic to suspension, will be enough to secure their last-16 place.

It has been a hugely disappointing Champions League campaign so far for Atletico Madrid, with the runners up from 2016 and 2014 in serious danger of suffering an early exit.

Los Rojiblancos have been extremely ineffective in the final third, netting just twice in four matches and nowhere was their profligacy more evident than in the first matchday at the Stadio Olimpico.

Diego Simeone’s men created enough chances to have won the game comfortably, yet had to settle for a 0-0 draw and a repeat result on Wednesday evening would seem them almost certainly eliminated.

Atleti head into the game short on confidence, with star forward Antoine Griezmann extending his longest ever goal drought at the weekend to eight league games by drawing a blank against Real Madrid and receiving whistles from the home fans as he was substituted.

While Atletico were holding on for a 0-0 draw against Real Madrid on Saturday, Roma were winning their city derby 2-1 against Lazio to record a sixth successive win in all competitions; therefore, the Giallorossi arrive in the Spanish capital in fine form and having caused Chelsea all sorts of problems at Stamford Bridge in their 3-3 draw last month before beating the Blues 3-0 in Rome, they will be confident of claiming a positive result at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

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