The Atlético de Madrid on Tuesday achieved, with suffering, the qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with a victory against the Porto in Do Dragao (1-3) with goals from Griezmann, Correa and De Paul. A victory that rearms the mattress team for the continental competition and also for LaLiga, with the Madrid derby on Sunday in focus.
It will be on Monday from 12 noon when Atlético meet their rival for the round of 16, a tie whose first leg will be played at the Metropolitano and the return match, away from home. The first leg matches will be played on February 15/16/22/23, and the return matches will be played on March 8/9/15/16. All matches will start at 9:00 p.m.
Possible rivals are: Ajax, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United, Juventus and Lille. And given the conditions that exist for this round (teams from the same country cannot face each other), the percentages of the pairings for this continental round can be known.
Three are the teams that have the most options to face the colchoneros in the round of 16. And neither is simple. Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus Turin They have almost a 19% chance of being Atlético’s rivals. They are followed by Lille, with 16% options, while the least likely are the Bayern and the Ajax, with 14%.
In the case of the rojiblanco team, the numbers are relatively balanced. There is not much difference between percentages, something that does happen, for example, with the Real Madrid, whose probability of facing Chelsea in the round of 16 rises to 32.32%. This is given because the white box only has four other possible rivals in addition to the English, (PSG, Sporting, Benfica and Salzburg) for the six of Atlético. Chelsea only have four possible rivals.
Nobody is aware that, on paper, the Lille He would be the ideal rival for the colchoneros in the next tie, but it should not be forgotten that he is the current Ligue 1 champion ahead of PSG and that he has achieved the classification in his group as first. There he plays Ivo Grbic, goalkeeper on loan from Atlético de Madrid who is completing a great season.