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Atletico Madrid v Liverpool: The Champions League Preview

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Gareth Roberts’ preview ahead of Atletico Madrid v Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League group stage… REVENGE.

How much are professional football players motivated by revenge?

Supporters, too, love an emotional game.

Atletico v Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano will be only the second game the Madrid side have played in front of a full crowd in recent times, as capacities have slowly been raised following the severest stage of the pandemic in Spain.

“Let’s not forget, the last time we played Liverpool in the Champions League, we were already winning that game before it even kicked off, I would like the fans to remember that tomorrow,” he said.

Throw in last year’s 4-2 defeat over two legs, both victories for Atletico, and two 1-1 draws in the Champions League group stages of 2008, and it’s high time The Reds started to stamp some superiority on these games.

The sides have met six times in history, all of it relatively recent, and while the records show one Liverpool win it was a hollow 2-1 victory nobody celebrated, coming in the second leg of a Europa League semi-final in 2010 that saw Atletico progress on away goals.
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