For first time in history, Atletico Madrid will host Monaco on Wednesday night, looking to add to their record of one win in one game against the French outfit., report agencies.
Los Rojiblancos came back from one goal down to triumph 2-1 on the opening matchday of the competition, with Diego Costa and Jose Gimenez grabbing the crucial goals for the hosts in an action packed first-half. A win would ensure Atletico of progression to the knockout stages, but they are still relying on Borussia Dortmund slipping
up if they are to garner top spot.
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry’s side are playing for the privilege of Europa League football at this point, and even that seems unlikely.
Diego Simeone is still missing three key players from his senior squad. The Argentine is without centre backs Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who are both out for the long term with muscle injuries, while right back Juanfran is also absent with a calf problem. Monaco have no less than nine first team concerns this season, most important of which are Pietro Pellegri (hamstring), Danijel Subasic (hamstring), Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) and Kamil Glick (abductor muscle tear).
Atletico Madrid are two points off the top of La Liga in third, and are second in Group A of the Champions League. They also have lost just one of their last 16 home games in the competition.
Monaco, meanwhile, are 19th in Ligue 1, and fresh off picking up just their second win of the season with a 1-0 triumph at Caen.
With one point from four games in Europe, it is their lowest tally ever recorded at this stage.