Atletico Madrid can feel hard done by after losing the 2014 Champions League final to city rivals Real in gutting circumstances.
They could finally have a chance to avenge that night in Lisbon by meeting them again in this year’s final – but they must first overcome a Bayern Munich side that’s on the brink of a record fourth Bundesliga title in a row.
Tonight’s tie is going to be a clash of epic proportions. But if you’re not sure on who to put your money on, here’s some interesting stats to consider:
The Spaniards boast a formidable defence and have conceded just four goals in their last 16 European homes games.
Atletico’s opponents have put just 26 percent of their shots on target, the third-lowest rate in the five major European leagues.
Diege Simeone’s side have lost just once at home all season – to Barcelona – but dumped the Catalan club out the last round.
The Vicente Calderon is a fortress. Atletico have won 24 of their last 29 European fixtures there.
More than 60% of Atletico’s La Liga goals have come in the second half this season. They especially love the 76-90th minutes, having scored 20 goals during that specific window.
The Germans have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven Champions League matches.
Pep Guardiola’s side are also unbeaten in their last seven European ties.
Incredibly, Bundesliga stats show they trail in games for just an average of six minutes per match.
In the five major European leagues, Bayern average the second-most shots (18.9) and most shots on goal (7.7) per match.
They also allow the fewest goals (0.45), shots (6.8) and shots on target (2.3) per match in league play.