After emerging victorious in the opening two outings in Group B, Club Brugge will be looking to make it three out of three when they host third-placed Atletico Madrid at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Tuesday at 20:00 GMT.
Atletico will be looking to bounce back from the defeat they suffered away to Leverkusen on matchday 2, whereas Club Brugge will be keen to extend their 100% start to their Champions League campaign.
Can Club Brugge Keep their 100% Record in their Champions League Campaign?
Club Brugge have had a stunning start to their Group B campaign; they have won two out of their opening two matches in the group. They will be looking forward to their plum clash with La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
Carl Hoefkens will focus on having a discipline performance against the considerable quality of the Atletico side. Club Brugge will look to establish a robust defensive structure balanced well with their attacking outlets.
As demonstrated by their 0-4 dismantling of Porto, their attack can be devastating. Carl Hoefkens will look to provide the right shape and motivation for his men to deliver optimally on Tuesday.
Can Atletico Madrid Bounce Back to Winning Ways in Group B?
Diego Simeone’s men will be looking to bounce back from their surprising 2-0 defeat away to Leverkusen on matchday 2.
Atletico bounced back from their derby defeat last weekend to Real Madrid (1-2) with a win commanding 0-2 win away to Sevilla last time out. They currently sit 5th on the table two points out of the Champions League palaces.
The win at the weekend could prove the right antidote before they travel to face Club Brugge on Tuesday.
Club Brugge have won four times and lost once in their last five outings in the Belgian Pro League. Thus, they have hauled 12 points out of the available 15.
This tally is only bettered by 2nd-placed Genk, who have collected 13 points, and matches league leaders’ – Antwerp – haul of 12 points over the same period.
Their prevailing form is complemented by their 100% start to their Champions League campaign this term. Having overcome Leverkusen at home on matchday 1 (1-0), Club Brugge convincingly beat Porto 0-4 at the Estadio do Dragao.
Consistency has eluded Atletico Madrid so far this term; they have won three times, drawn once, and lost once in their last La Liga outings. In this run, they have collected 10 points and dropped five in the process.
In their Champions League opening two matches; Simeone’s men have collected three points and dropped three in the process. They won their opening match of Group B 2-1 at home to Porto. Atletico then lost their matchday 2 assignment away to Leverkusen 2-0.
Possible Starting Lineups
Mignolet; D. Odoi, B. Mechele, J. Spileers, E. Sobol; C. Nielsen, R. Onyedika, H. Vanaken; A. Nusa, K. Sowah, F. Jutgla
Oblak; R. Mandava, J. Gimenez, S. Savic, N. Molina; A. Witsel; M. Cinha, Saul, Koke, M. Lorente; A. Morata
Players to Watch
The 23-year-old Spanish professional has been in brilliant form this season. He has six goals in 10 appearances for Club Brugge this season. He has helped his side to third on the table, five points behind league leaders Antwerp.
Jutglà has also scored one goal in two appearances in the Champions League.
The forward is a robust goal threat and will be crucial for Brugge in their clash against Atletico on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Spanish international has four goals in seven appearances for Atletico this term.
Although he has not opened his account in the Champions League, Morata has been a crucial part of the Atletico side this season. He will be crucial in their clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday.
Club Brugge will look to be compact against Atletico; they will defend deep and deny Atletico any spaces behind their defense. However, they will look to be offensively dominant when they win possession.
Atletico will look to be dominant on the ball and push Club Brugge back into their half. They will look to be dynamic and fast on the ball.
Atletico will win the match and take the three points they need.
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