Attack-minded Atletico target Barca away goal


Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone made his intentions to grab at least one vital away goal at Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday clear, with an attack-minded starting line-up.

Belgian Yannick Carrasco joins Atletico’s top scorer Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres up front as the visitors look to pile more misery on Barca after their 39-game unbeaten run in all competitions was ended by Real Madrid on Saturday.

Barca boss Luis Enrique makes just one change from the 2-1 defeat to Real as Marc-Andre ter Stegen as usual comes in for Claudio Bravo on Champions League duty in goal.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all start up front for the European champions after a rare off night from the South American trio in El Clasico.

Simeone has been forced to turn to inexperienced 20-year-old Lucas Hernandez alongside Diego Godin in central defence with Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic both missing through injury.

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta (capt); Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar

Coach: Luis Enrique (ESP)

Atletico Madrid (4-3-3)

Jan Oblak; Juanfran, Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi (capt), Saul Niguez; Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Torres, Yannick Carrasco

Coach: Diego Simeone (ARG)

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