Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes the Reds are in for a tough game when they travel to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium to face Atletico Madrid tomorrow night.
Diego Simeone’s side are very difficult to beat at home, especially in Europe, and Owen is predicting that the contest will end in a draw:
“Atleti have their fair share of injuries to contend with, but Diego Simeone’s side are a handful for anyone on home soil and they are unbeaten in their last 13 home Champions League knockout ties.”
“The Reds were not at their best at Carrow Road on Saturday but, once again, they found a way to pick up maximum points. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result to take back to Anfield for the second leg and I think it will be honours even in the Spanish capital.”
Liverpool fans will be hoping for a score draw, rather than a 0-0, so that Jurgen Klopp’s side can come back to Anfield for the second leg with an away goal.
There’s no doubt that it will prove to be an extremely tight match, and while Atletico have not been at their best in the league this campaign (they sit fourth, thirteen points off the top of the table), they have shown they are still capable of getting up for the big occasions, with wins against Barcelona and a draw versus Real Madrid recently. As Owen says, they will be a handful tomorrow.