One week to go: The latest on Atletico

Tuesday 08 March 2022 12:00

A week today (Tuesday 15 March), Old Trafford will host the second leg of Manchester United's Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid.

The match-up with the Spanish champions is finely poised, after Anthony Elanga's late goal at the Wanda Metropolitano, a fortnight ago, secured a 1-1 draw for Ralf Rangnick's side to take back to Manchester.

With the Champions League resuming tonight - Liverpool v Internazionale and Bayern Munich v RB Salzburg play on Tuesday - we decided to take a look at what Atleti have been up to in La Liga since and whether there is any early team news ahead of next week's game...

Highlights: Atletico Madrid v United Video

Highlights: Atletico Madrid v United

Here's a reminder of how the first leg unfolded in our Champions League last-16 tie...


While United have stuttered in drawing with Watford before losing at Manchester City, Simeone's outfit have continued their recent good form in La Liga.

A Renan Lodi double helped Atleti overcome Celta Vigo in Madrid three days after United's visit, while Joao Felix struck twice on Sunday in a 3-1 win over Real Betis. Those three points ensure Atleti have moved into Spain's top four, with 11 games of the season to play.


Thomas Lemar scored the other goal in the win at the Benito Villamarín Stadium and the Frenchman is once again in contention to start, after he was restricted to 14 minutes off the bench in the first leg; the former Monaco man had only recently recovered from a bout of Covid-19.

However, the Spanish side's list of absentees actually looks to have lengthened in the last fortnight. We already knew Yannick Carrasco would be banned for both legs, while Matheus Cunha and Daniel Wass are long-term injury concerns.

Captain Koke had to sit out of the game in Madrid and, although he has returned to training, there isn't much time for him to regain match fitness before the trip to Old Trafford.

Watch the full-time scenes in Madrid Video

Watch the full-time scenes in Madrid

See how the players reacted to the final whistle being blown on a valuable 1-1 draw...

Geoffrey Kondogbia, who was arguably one of Atleti's best performers against the Reds, missed the Betis game with a thigh injury and faces a race against time to be fit.

Stefan Savic, the former Manchester City defender who started at the Wanda Metropolitano, and Mario Hermoso were also sidelined on Sunday.

Kondogbia challenges Rashford in the first leg.


Los Colchoneros' final game before returning to European action sees them host relegation-threatened Cadiz at the Wanda Metropolitano on Friday night.

If Simeone's men avoid defeat they will overtake Barcelona and go third for the time being, but, from a United perspective, it will be interesting to see how the Argentine lines his side up, with so much uncertainty surrounding player fitness.