The horrible taste of the Leicester defeat hasn’t gone away. It’s hard to be optimistic about a visit to the Vicente Calderon today. This could be a turning point in the season, not only with Atleti closing in on 3rd place, but also to see how this team responds to such a devastating loss. It’s been a few years since the only thing we had to focus on for the last 2.5 months of the season is league position.
Sampaoli is going back to the 3 CB formation. Nasri remains in the starting lineup. I really hope the captains set him straight after his disgraceful performance on Tuesday. We need Nzonzi to boss the match like he did when we last played them. Pareja not starting is questionable.
Meanwhile, Atleti has returned to their aesthetically-pleasing strategy of grinding out 85 minutes of boring scoreless games before Griezmann bails them out with a late goal or they bungle home a set piece in stoppage time. Gameiro starts for them. He has less goals than Ben Yedder this year. Hopefully that continues.
Oblak – Vrsaljko-Godin-Savic-Luis – Gabi-Koke-Saul-Carrasco – Gameiro-Griezmann