Title holders Bayern crush Atletico in Champions League

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2020

A spokesman for the European Football Association (UEFA) revealed in statements to the German News Agency (dpa) today, Wednesday, that the match between Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, in the first round of the Champions League group stage matches, will be held as scheduled on Later on Wednesday.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick felt his side's ability to overcome the physical threat posed by Simeone's side was key in securing the victory. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are without Leroy Sane and Tanguy Nianzou due to injury, while it was announced on Tuesday night that Serge Gnabry has coronavirus and he'll be absent for that reason.

"I am left with the bad taste of defeat", Simeone said in his post-match media conference. Our efficiency was good today and I am very satisfied.

Bayern won the Champions League title in August, one of five trophies they won in 2020, and had a short preseason preparation but Flick said his players fought for every ball against Atletico. I do not know if we made too many mistakes or if it was the quality of the opponent. I'll focus on the team's attitude, we looked for a goal and it could have come if we had been clearer in our finishing. That was important, to be there, to win those one-on-one situations. With the score against us, we did not stop fighting and looking for the game. The forcefulness of the opposition has made an important difference.

The Bavarians scored even a better second goal after goalscorer Coman provided a attractive cross to Goretzka who made it 2-0 with an instinctive finish four minutes before half time. Atletico Madrid were able to eliminate the defending champions last season when they faced Liverpool and, although this isn't a knockout tie, it'll be fascinating to see if they can pull off an upset again. We were so clinical in front of goal.

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