Atletico have had a bit of an indifferent start to the season, winning three of their opening four league matches, also including a 2-0 defeat to Villarreal. But they got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start and in dramatic fashion. All three goals in the 2-1 win over Porto came in second-half injury time with Mario Hermoso thinking it had won the match before conceding a penalty, which Mateus Uribe scored.
But Antoine Griezmann was the super-sub hero, netting in the 11th minute of injury time to put Atletico top of the group. Diego Simeone will be hoping the win puts his side in a good position to advance out of the group stage for the fifth consecutive season — though the last time they didn’t they went on to win the Europa League.
Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, are back in the Champions League after two seasons out but bowed out of the group stage in their most recent appearance. They didn’t get off to the best start though, losing 1-0 to Club Brugge on the opening matchweek, a game they may have expected to win.
That has been the story of Bayer Leverkusen’s season so far though. The German side have played eight games across all competitions so far this season and have lost six, only managing to beat Mainz at the end of August and drawing with Hertha Berlin at the weekend. That run has also seen Bayer Leverkusen knocked out of the DFB-Pokal, beaten by SV Elversberg, but the club have kept faith with Gerardo Seoane so far.
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Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid match stats
There is a lot of talk right now about how many minutes Antoine Griezmann gets at Atletico Madrid as the club do not want to trigger the compulsory option to buy the Frenchman from Barcelona. But when Griezmann does get on the pitch he can impact the game, as he did against Porto. And he comes alive in the second game of the Champions League group stage, scoring in this fixture in each of his past three seasons for Atletico Madrid.
Bayer Leverkusen are in terrible form, but Atletico Madrid do not like playing in Germany. The Spanish side have lost six of their seven away Champions League games in Germany, though their sole victory did come against Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Atletico Madrid
8:00 pm Tuesday September 13
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6 November 2019 – Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Atletico Madrid – Champions League
22 October 2019 – Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen – Champions League
15 March 2017 – Atletico Madrid 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen – Champions League
21 February 2017 – Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Atletico Madrid – Champions League
17 March 2015 – Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen – Champions League
Bayer Leverkusen do not like playing against Atletico Madrid, winning just two of the eight meetings between the two sides so far. However, they did win the most recent clash in the 2019/20 Champions League group stage, ending a four-match winless streak.