Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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16.02. (Thu) 19:00 Lazio - Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid - Radamel Falcao, Arda Turan
Atletico Madrid - Radamel Falcao, Arda Turan



Konko, Biava, Diakite, Stankevicius
Matuzalem, Ledesma
Candreva, Hernanes, Gonzalez

Perea, Miranda, Dominguez, Filipe
Tiago, Gabi
Turan, Diego, Adrian

Lazio coach Edy Reja finds his side in the midst of an injury crisis but will be lifted by the return of Mobido Diakite who missed the weekend's match with Cesena through suspension.

Stefan Radu and Senad Lulic may not win the battle to be fit for Thursday's tie as both are struggling with injuries. Lorik Cana, Andre Dias, Stefano Mauri and Tomasso Rocchi are also all likely to be absent.

Should the need arise Reja has stated that he may pluck some players from the youth side that is currently competing in the Viareggio tournament.

Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin may face a late fitness test ahead of the game but Diego Simeone has Miranda available after serving a suspension during the weekend's Liga action.

Simeone is likely to have his first-choice attacking line-up available to him for his return to the club he once played for.


  • Lazio are unbeaten in their last four European games and have kept a clean sheet in their last three.
  • The Biancocelesti are playing in Uefa club competition after the winter break for the first time since the 2002-03 season when they lost to Porto in the Uefa Cup semi-final.
  • The capital city club have an solid record at home against Spanish clubs; they have been beaten only once in eight games (W3 D4 L1).
  • Atletico Madrid won the tournament in 2010. They beat Galatasaray, Sporting Lisbon, Valencia and Liverpool on their way to the final where they defeated Fulham 2-1 in Hamburg.
  • Los Colchoneros lost their last game on Italian soil in a 2-0 defeat to Udinese at Stadio Friuli on matchday three of this year's group stage.
  • Diego Simeone played for Lazio between 1999 and 2003, winning a domestic double in his debut season with the Rome club.
Though they are plagued with a number of injury troubles, Lazio will still provide a stern test for Diego Simeone's men. The Atletico coach boasts a fierce attack but they have failed to score in their last two outings, and a draw could be settled for by both sides.
Editor's Prediction
Lazio 1-1 Atl. Madrid