Atletico Madrid only managed one win in the Champions League last season before they went on to lift the Europa League trophy, and a win against Club Brugge would already better last season’s performance for the 2016 Champions League finalists. Not only that, it would give them a much-needed advantage in what looks to be a tough-looking Group A.Club Bruges vs Atletico Madrid Live Match Streaming | Uefa Champions League 2018/19
Club Bruges vs Atletico Madrid Live Match Streaming
- Tuesday 11th December
- Jan Breydel
Last year’s Atletico might have let this match be a little underwhelming, but this year’s team just gives you a different feel. Antoine Griezmann is looking for his first UCL goal of the campaign, he did have an assist the first time out, and you have to like his chances to get at least one here. Fellow striker Diego Costa, who will hassle and harry the Brugge back line into submission, will also be a good candidate to find the back of the net and add to the one he got against Monaco last time out.
If Club Brugge are to get a goal, or even have a sniff at it, they will most likely have to get it from striker Wesley. The Brazilian has led the team so far this season with six goals to his name, and he will be one of the few that could pose a threat to a stacked defensive unit. At the back for Brugge will be Brandon Mechele. His task will be a great one, and it will be who that is required to organize in an effort to hold back the floodgates.
Atletico Madrid come into this match after getting a good result away to Real Madrid on Saturday. Atleti got a draw to help them stay just two points off the pace of Real and Barcelona in Spain‘s La Liga, showing that they could stick around for some time in the league this go-around. The one issue that they have, and seemingly always have had, is that they draw a lot. They have only one loss, but they have drawn three of their seven games in the division. In terms of Europe, they are defending Europa League and Super Cup winners. There are few more suited to this than they are.
Like Atleti, Club Brugge also played a derby at the weekend. They beat Cercle Brugge 4-0 to see themselves remain atop the Belgian Jupiler League for another week. They’ve had nearly a flawless start so far, winning eight times and drawing once this season in Belgium, but they are being closely followed by Genk, who are two points off. As far as Europe goes, this is a team happy to be here, and they will struggle to do much of substance against top teams, particularly when away from home.
Atletico Madrid still have problems in front of goal and the team missed a great opportunity to pick up a win in the Madrid derby during the weekend. Yet, Diego Simeone will be happy to take his team into the second group match of the Champions League with a five-game unbeaten streak. Chelsea are the only team to beat Atletico at home in the last 14 Champions League games. Club Brugge have their work cut out even if their away form has been decent. Atletico will find Club Brugge as a competitive outfit and they have already been short on goals. I would pick a win for Atletico Madrid and under 2.5 goals.
The defensive performances of Atletico have been quite good and the team against a Belgian outfit who even failed to dominate possession in the recent home game against Borussia Dortmund. Brugge managed just three shots on target in their first group game before succumbing to the loss. Atletico are my pick to keep a clean sheet in the match.