The saviour of our season (ask Maradona10)
- Nov 5, 2016
Date: Wednesday, February 23 2022
Kickoff Time: 2000 Hrs GMT
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid
Champions League Form Guide
Manchester United: WWDWD
Atlético Madrid: WLLLW
Previous Meetings in the Champions League
Manchester United 1—1 Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid 3—0 Manchester United
All-Time Record in the Champions League
Manchester United wins: 0
Atlético Madrid wins: 1
Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani ruled out.
Yannick Carrasco suspended. Daniel Wass, Koke, Thomas Lemar, Matheus Cunha and Benjamin Lecomte doubtful.
Know the opposition
Club Atlético de Madrid, S.A.D. (meaning Athletic Club of Madrid), commonly referred to as Atlético Madrid in English or simply as Atlético or Atleti (and nicknamed Colchoneros or Indios), is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. The club was founded on 26 April 1903 as Athletic Club Sucursal de Madrid by three Basque students living in Madrid. These founders saw the new club as a youth branch of their childhood team, Athletic Club de Bilbao who they had just seen win the 1903 Copa del Rey Final in the city. In 1904, they were joined by dissident members of Real Madrid. Athletic's first ground, the Ronda de Vallecas, was in the eponymous working-class area on the south side of the city. In 1919, the Compañía Urbanizadora Metropolitana—the company that ran the underground communication system in Madrid—acquired some land, near the Ciudad Universitaria. In 1921, Athletic Madrid became independent of parent-club Athletic Bilbao and moved into a 35,800-seater stadium built by the company, the Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid.
During the 1920s, Athletic won the Campeonato del Centro three times and were Copa del Rey runners-up in 1921, where they faced parent club Athletic Bilbao, as they would again in 1926. Based on these successes, in 1928 they were invited to join the Primera División of the inaugural La Liga played the following year. By 1939, when La Liga had resumed, Athletic had merged with Aviación Nacional of Zaragoza to become Athletic Aviación de Madrid. Aviación Nacional had been founded in 1939 by members of the Spanish Air Force. With the legendary Ricardo Zamora as manager, the club subsequently won their first La Liga title in 1940 and retained the title in 1941. Under Helenio Herrera and with the help of Larbi Benbarek, Atlético won La Liga again in 1950 and 1951. With the departure of Herrera in 1953, the club began to slip behind Real Madrid and Barcelona and for the remainder of the 1950s were left to battle it out with Athletic Bilbao for the title of third team in Spain. However, during the 1960s and 1970s, Atlético Madrid seriously challenged Barcelona for the position of second team — and after winning La Liga in 1973, the club reached the 1974 European Cup Final.
In terms of league titles won, Atlético Madrid are the third most successful club in Spanish football – behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. Atlético have won La Liga on eleven occasions, including a league and cup double in 1996; the Copa del Rey on ten occasions; two Supercopas de España, one Copa Presidente FEF and one Copa Eva Duarte; in Europe, they won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962, were runners-up in 1963 and 1986, were UEFA Champions League runners-up in 1974, 2014 and 2016, won the Europa League in 2010, 2012 and 2018, and won the UEFA Super Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2018 as well as the 1974 Intercontinental Cup. They are the reigning champions of La Liga. Atletico Madrid's fiercest rivals are Real Madrid (contests between them are named El Derbi Madrileño or simply El Derbi). A historic rivalry also exists between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, considered one of the Classics of Spanish football — apart from minor but vivid rivalries with Espanyol and Villareal. The club play their home games at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.