The first match of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final between Italian club Atalanta and French giants Paris Saint-Germain had one of the best dramatic finishes to the game. Atalanta scored in the first half of the match through Mario Pasalic. Atalanta survived the 90 minutes without conceding a goal. It looked like they were through to the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals in their debut season. But PSG had other plans. They ended up scoring two goals in 149 seconds on the 90th and 93rd minute of the game. The French side ended up victorious and booked their place in the semi-finals. But Atalanta almost pulled off a shocker. The underdogs playing their first season in the biggest club football league in the world ended up disappointing one of the mitiest team in Europe. Let’s look at RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid players to watch.
The second Quarter Final of the UEFA Champions League RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid will kick off tonight. It will be the first time that these two teams will meet in the. Here are the players to watch. Can RB Leipzig put on a performance to disappoint the Spanish giants? Or will Atletico Madrid ease past Leipzig and book their place in the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain. The players who can decide the match.
#1 Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig)
Marcel Sabitzer the Austrian midfielder has been in a decent from this season in the Champions League. He has six goal involvements in seven appearances. Scoring four goals and providing two assists. He scored a brace against the London club Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg. Helping the team to win 3-0 over Tottenham. Although in recent games he hasn’t been in form as he missed out on the later games in Bundesliga. But with his experience, he will be the player to watch who can change the game of RB Leipzig.
#2 Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
Christopher Nkunku has had an amazing Bundesliga season. He has scored five goals and provided 15 assists in his 32 appearances this season in Bundesliga. However, it’s the opposite in the UEFA Champions League. He only has completed one game with full 90 minutes and has just one assist in seven appearances. But his performance in Bundesliga has proved that he does carry a threat for Atletico Madrid.
#3 Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)
The Swedish international came on at the 87th minute of the game against Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of the Round Of 16 and scored the goal with his first touch. He has been involved in five goals in this seasons’ Champions League score four times and providing one assist. Could he put on a show to shock Atletico Madrid and book a place in the semi-final?
#4 Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
The 20 years old Portuguese youngster joined Atletico Madrid at a record club transfer fee of €126 million. Expectations are very high from him to perform at the club. He has had a decent season but missed out few games in La Liga and UEFA Champions League due to injury. Felix has scored twice and provided one crucial assist in the second leg against the holding champions Liverpool. With his pace, skills, and dribbling it will be a difficult task for the Leipzig defenders to mark him throughout the game.
#5 Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Jan Oblak is surely one of the best goalkeepers in the world currently. His reflexes, ball handling are truly amazing. He has kept four clean sheets in eight games this season in the Champions League. Oblak is one of the most important players in this Atletico Madrid’s squad. Putting on some amazing performances in recent years he has truly been the key to Atletico Madrid’s success. He has made 21 saves this season in the Champions League. If RB Leipzig wants to make it to the semi-finals they have to break the wall standing in Atletico Madrid’s goal.
#6 Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid)
Although he has missed half of the Champions League campaign this season missing out the group stage games due to injury, he made his comeback in the first leg against Liverpool. He helped his team keep a crucial clean-sheet denying the holding champions to score away goal. After his teammate, Sime Vrsalijko tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, he will take responsibility in the defense.
Both the teams have had a great performance in the Round Of 16. RB Leipzig defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 aggregate. Although after the transfer of their star player Timo Werner to Chelsea.F.C, together they all have to find a way to break this Atletico Madrid’d solid defense. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid will be very positive coming into the game as they defeated the reigning champions, Liverpool on 4-2 aggregate, with a thrilling encounter at Anfield. Who will make it to the semi-finals to face Paris Saint-Germain? Comment below your predictions.