Bayer Leverkusen welcome Atletico madrid to the BayArena ~ above Wednesday, with the teams set to clash in the an initial leg of dari mereka round-of-16 Champions league tie. 

For the hosts, the meeting with the Spanish champions come in the di antara of a daunting run, with Roger Schmidt"s men having won just one of their terakhir six games and two the their terakhir 10. 

That barren stretch has seen Leverkusen"s director of sport, Rudi Voller, move to quell pressure sekitarnya Schmidt this week, insisting the the society has complete confidence in that is manager.

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"We have berbisa faith in the squad and juga in the coach," Voller told skies television, per ESPN FC. "There are factors why we appointed Schmidt, and also that"s since we have a concept to with our goals and permainan attractive football v this coach."

The Werkself have certainly meraih an attractive style, utilising a high-tempo method based approximately pressing the has allowed them come score easily with a forward setup featuring Karim Bellarabi, Heung-Min Son, Hakan Calhanoglu and Stefan Kiessling.

But a leaky pertahanan and a habit because that dropping points native winning positions has hurt Bayer"s season consistently—something the was checked out on Saturday once Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz significantly scored in extra time come rescue a suggest for the house side. 

Leverkusen will also be without Omer Toprak and Robbie Kruse on Wednesday early out to memegang and cedera respectively. Lars Bender and Tin Jedvaj are also doubtful for the hosts, per Goal. 

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Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, get in this clash with an exceptional recent document in the europe competition. After reaching last season"s final, Diego Simeone"s men topped group A with 4 wins, one attract and five consecutive clean sheets complying with an opening-round loss to Olympiakos. 

Los Colchoneros juga rebounded strong on the weekend after their surprising defeat to Celta Vigo, cruising past Almeria in clinical fashion and recapturing the sort of membentuk shown in the emphatic 4-0 thrashing of actual Madrid. 

Thus, the travellers will arrive at the BayArena full of confidence and also with a cleared up lineup that is being pengarahan by the dynamic depan pairing of Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic. 

For Simeone"s men, the just notable lack is likely to be Koke, who experienced a hamstring cedera during the clash through Real madrid at the Vicente Calderon ~ above February 7 and hasn"t featured since. 

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET/8:45 p.m. Local

Venue: BayArena, Leverkusen

TV Info: sky Sports (UK), Fox sporting activities (U.S.)

Live Stream: skies Go (UK), Fox sports Go (U.S.)

Form Lines

Last 6 results in all Competitions (most current first)
Bayer LeverkusenAtletico Madrid
D: 2-2 vs. AugsburgW: 3-0 vs. Almeria
L: 4-5 vs. WolfsburgL: 2-0 vs. Celta Vigo
L: 2-1 vs. Werder BremenW: 4-0 vs. Real Madrid
W: 1-0 vs. Hertha BerlinW: 3-1 vs. Eibar
D: 0-0 vs. Borussia DortmundL: 2-3 vs. Barcelona
D: 1-1 vs. Eintracht FrankfurtW: 3-1 vs. Rayo Vallecano

Predicted Lineups

Credit: Bleacher Report

Players to Watch

Schmidt"s desired centre-back pairing this season has been Toprak and Emir Spahic, however with the Turk suspended for Wednesday"s clash, Kyriakos Papadopoulos is likely to was standing alongside Spahic in ~ the love of the hosts" defence. 

For the Greek, marking the likes of Mandzukic and Griezmann will certainly be a demanding task, with the Atletico duo forming one that the paling effective strike tandem in europe this season. 

Of course, Papadopoulos is very confident, powerful in the waiting (important against Mandzukic) and also is a solid tackler, but his wild mentality and also inclination come push depan can leave his team breakable to reliable opponents in attack. 

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For the visitors, it"s Griezmann who"s in merely irresistible form at present. V 11 goals in his last 13 appearances, the Frenchman has taken his season tally to 17 in all competitions and is promptly looking like among Europe"s ideal signings of 2014. 

Fast, deadly specific with his shooting and possessing sublime pergerakan around the penalty area, the 23-year-old has menjadi a devastating weapon for Simeone.

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Tellingly, Atletico have only shed once all season as soon as Griezmann has scored. 

Key Battle

This enhance feels prefer one of itu games that will certainly be heavily determined by the methods employed by the corresponding managers. 

Under Schmidt, Bayer Leverkusen permainan at an practically frenetic pace and use anda forwards to press the the opposite in dari mereka own half. Basically, they protect from the front. 

But, as selalu with extreme pressing, Bayer deserve to be vulnerable if the opponent can navigate through the tekan and break right into the spaces left behind. 

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When bermain away from home, the still often tends to it is in Atletico"s strength: absorbing pressure sebelum utilising the right-sided pairing that Juanfran and also Arda Turan come break down the right and deliver balls come Mandzukic and also Griezmann. 

That strategy is in comparison to the method they"re now bermain at the Vicente Calderon, where milik mereka own high tekan ke bawah stifles enemies and enables them to overcome the region battle. 

On Wednesday, the duel between Leverkusen"s tekan ke bawah and Atletico"s capacity to counter-attack native deep positions will certainly be fascinating. 

Odds (via Odds Shark)

Bayer Leverkusen: 11-5

Draw: 11-5

Atletico Madrid: 3-2

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