Roma-Atletico Madrid: latest news and predicted line-ups

Roma-Atletico Madrid: latest news and predicted line-ups

Atletico Madrid kicked off their Champions League campaign with a frustrating 0-0 draw away to Roma.

Eusebio Di Francesco is set to make his Champions League debut.

"We have a great future ahead of us and the chance to grow even more".

Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan start in midfield with the Dutch midfielder who revealed yesterday that he has never thought of leaving the club in the summer despite Juventus links.

He added: "Let's hope we play a great game and, obviously, that Roma emerge triumphant". A sublime first-half performance from the combative midfielder saw him provide the assist to the opening goal from Edin Dzeko and sting a wicked shot from distance onto the base of the far post.

The Serie A side have not won a Champions League match since they beat Bayer Leverkusen in November 2015 and have managed only one win in their last 16 games in the competition. But it's a free-kick for the hosts in a dangerous area, Kolarov cuts it back for Nainggolan whose low drive is deflected and brilliantly blocked by Oblak. No penalty is given, looked to be the right call.

Diego Perotti sailed a dipping drive over the crossbar from 25 yards just before the half-hour mark, and the game then burst into life.

"Playing those finals is something to be proud of and winning one would be the ultimate". Luis breaks from the left, he cuts it back for Saul whose first-time effort from around 15 yards out is narrowly wide.

Godin says Atleti are confident this could finally be the year they conquer Europe, although he concedes patience will be key to their quest.

New signing Patrik Schick is out with a hamstring injury while Abdullahi Nura and Emerson are also sidelined with injuries to their Biceps and cruciate ligament respectively.

It was at this point that Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco noticed that a change had to be made, and that change came 67 minutes in when winger Grégoire Defrel was replaced by former Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio, as Di Francesco decided to switch Roma's shape to the classic Italian formation of 3-5-2.

Alisson, who has been criticised in the early weeks of the season, drew wild applause from the Stadio Olimpico after a Custer-esque display.

"We are going to face an Atletico like we have seen in previous years", he told Spain's Movistar Plus.

We expect Antoine Griezmann to get on the scoresheet and he could end up with more than one goal on Tuesday as he aims to open his account for the season - a tidy 2-0 win for the visitors.

6 - Di Francesco showed that he's flexible when he needs to be. "He transmits that ambition to his team and his players reflect that perfectly on the pitch".

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