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Champions League: Atletico to attack in second leg

Champions League: Atletico to attack in second leg

Having conceded two goals at home in the first leg, Atletico Madrid knows it needs to chase victory against FC Porto on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals.
Atletico was held 2-2 by Porto two weeks ago, but is buoyant ahead of the game at the Stadium of the Dragon after drawing with Real Madrid and beating Barcelona in its last two Spanish league games.
"We have to play to win. It's the only way we're going to get into the next round," said Portugal midfielder Maniche, one of three former Porto players at Atletico. "I realize it's going to be hard: Porto is a great team, it has great players and it's playing at home. But if we play like we did against Real Madrid, especially in the second half of that game when we created a lot of chances, we can win."
Atletico coach Abel Resines has no injury worries and is expected to play Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero in attack.
Porto, which has gone out of the competition at the round-of-16 stage in the past two seasons, won't be easy to break down.
The 2004 Champions League winner is leading the Portuguese league. Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez found the net twice in Madrid, making him joint top scorer in the competition with six goals in seven matches.
Atletico will also have to stop Hulk. The Brazilian, whose real name is Givanildo Vieira, has recently been splitting defenses with powerful runs.
"We're in good form," Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira said after last week's 4-1 win over Portuguese league title-chasing Leixoes. "My players are really up for this game. They'll be giving it their all."
Porto's Colombian midfielder, Freddy Guarin, has recovered from an ankle sprain but Uruguayan defender Jorge Fucile is still in doubt with an ankle injury.


Updated : 2021-04-12 10:12 GMT+08:00