On Tuesday night, Atletico Madrid and Lazio face off at Stadio Olimpico. Atleti had been regulars in Europe’s premier club competition but were knocked out in the group stage last season, while the hosts have only recently returned to Europe’s elite.
Lazio, who had been consistently competitive throughout the season, finished second behind Italian champions Napoli and earned a return to the Champions League after having previously played in the Europa League and the Conference League.
Maurizio Sarri‘s team won last season thanks to their stout defensive play and the coach’s traditional possession-based ideas, but they’ve gotten off to a slow start this season. With Celtic, Feyenoord, and this week’s visitors Atletico Madrid as potential top-two finishers in Group E, Lazio enter the competition with just three points after four Serie A matches and having conceded close to two goals per game.
Inexplicably, after starting with consecutive losses to Lecce and Genoa, the Biancocelesti overcame the Scudetto holders in Naples right before the international break, only to return to activity and suffer another humiliating setback the following weekend.
Now that the group stage is over, Lazio’s focus must shift to the Champions League, where they will look to at least repeat their performance from the previous season (2020-21), when they advanced to the knockout round before losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich.
On Tuesday night, the infamous home fans will get to see a familiar face when former Scudetto-winning player Diego Simeone leads out Atletico Madrid, the club he has become synonymous with. Even though it has been eleven years since their last meeting, Simeone will never forget leading Atleti to victory over the club he won the Serie A and Coppa Italia double with.
Atletico Madrid hoisted the Europa League trophy at the end of that season, but they have yet to win La Liga. In 2014 and 2016, they lost the final to their city rivals Real Madrid, therefore they have yet to win La Liga. Los Colchoneros are aiming for their fourth participation in the finals overall, but they must do so on the back of an unexpected result.
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Lazio vs Atletico Game Information
- Date: 09/19/2023
- Time: 03:00 PM ET
- Location: Stadio Olimpico (Roma).
- How to Watch Lazio vs Atletico: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv