Soccer News – Atletico Madrid-Sporting Lisboa
Atletico Madrid welcomes Sporting Lisboa in a match from the 1/4-finals of the Europa League.
Atletico Madrid are one of the big favourites to win the competition. They entered Europa League, after being unable to win one of the first two places in their Champions League group. In the previous stage of the competition, Diego Simeone’s boys eliminated the leader in the Russian Premier League Lokomotiv Moscow.
Atletico didn’t face much problems against Lokomotiv. They won both games by scoring 8 goals in total and conceding just one. It was a really dominating performance by the Spaniards, who proved their status as perhaps number one favourites for the trophy.
Before this Atletico eliminated Danish champions Kobenhavn, by once again winning both legs.
In the Spanish La Liga Atletico Madrid are currently 2nd, but trailing on a huge gap behind the unbeaten leader Barcelona. It’s still a pretty solid season for Atletico on the domestic scene.
Meanwhile Sporting Lisboa reached the 1/4-finals of the Europa League by eliminating Viktoria Pilzen after extra time. With winning the first leg in Lisboa with 2-0, nobody really expected that Sporting would have problems in the rematch. But the Czech team won it with 2-0, which led to extra time. Sporting scored a goal in this period of the game, which allowed them to reach the next phase of the Europa League.
In the Portuguese Primeira Liga Sporting are currently 3rd, but trailing on 6 points behind the leader Benfica. In their last five matches Sporting won twice, which led to them losing some positions in the standings.
Arguably Atletico Madrid are favourites against Sporting. They have an impressive squad and a very capable manager. It’s going to be difficult for the Portuguese team, but they also have their chances to progress.