Saul Niguez

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone's Best Available Rojiblancos Lineup

Atletico Madrid travel to face Juventus in the second leg of a heavyweight Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday, with Diego Simeone's side in the ascendancy after the first leg.


Los Rojiblancos hold a 2-0 lead on aggregate from the previous encounter in Madrid, in which the Spanish outfit produced an impressively resolute display to seize the advantage over the Serie A giants at the Wanda Metropolitano.


Atletico will take to the field in Turin in a situation which in many ways suits their style of remaining compact and firm at the back, whilst looking to hit the opposition on the counter. Having a comfortable lead from the first leg could see Tuesday's game play into their hands.


Here is a selection of the strongest potential Atletico Madrid lineup to see through the result in the second leg against Juventus on Tuesday.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Jan Oblak (GK) - Atletico have not conceded in any of their last five games in all competitions, and goalkeeper Oblak is just as important to Los Rojiblancos' fine defensive record as those in front of him in the rear-guard.


Santiago Arias (RB) - With Simeone contending with a number of defensive injuries, Colombian full back Arias is seeing more action than many may have expected, but will likely be required to hold down the right back spot once more on Tuesday.


Stefan Savic (CB) - Diego Godin was the star of the show during the first leg in Madrid, putting on a typically resolute defensive display before going on to score yet another big goal for his side. However, in Godin's likely absence through injury, Savic will have the unenviable task of filling the iconic Uruguayan's boots in Turin.


Jose Maria Gimenez (CB) - Godin's compatriot Gimenez has emerged as a solid performer alongside the club captain and will be charged with maintaining stability at the back and leading a typically resolute performance from his side's defensive unit on Tuesday.


Juanfran (LB) - With both Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis injured, Atletico's usually enviable selection headache at left back is hit with a different kind of problem. Veteran right back Juanfran has become almost accustomed to covering across on the left hand side in their absences and is set to continue in the role next time out for Simeone's side.

2. Midfielders

Angel Correa (RM) - Atletico have a number of attacking options at their disposal in the wide areas, but Correa's tenacity and work rate is likely to see the Argentine selected ahead of the likes of Vitolo and Thomas Lemar given his side's need to defend their lead from the first leg.


Rodri Hernandez (CM) - With the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi capable of dominating any game in the middle of the park for Juventus, Rodri's role in providing energy and discipline in Atletico's engine room will be key on Tuesday.


Saul Niguez (CM) - Thomas Partey's suspension for the second leg will be a huge blow to Atletico. Saul would likely have played out wide to keep things compact for Los Rojiblancos across the middle third of the pitch, but could shift inside to cover for Thomas' energy and dynamism in the Ghanaian's absence.


Koke (LM) - Atletico will require leaders in order to defend their lead against one of Europe's elite sides in Turin, and Koke will be a vital presence for Simeone's side in that sense as a player who is well versed in Simeone's tactics and has almost done it all with Los Rojiblancos.

3. Forwards

Antoine Griezmann (ST) - Atletico are likely to spend much of the game sitting deep and absorbing the pressure as Juventus seek to haul themselves back into the tie, but that is would suit Atletico's usual gameplan, and Griezmann provides an effective out-ball on the counter.


Alvaro Morata (ST) - Los Rojiblancos will be without the commanding presence of Diego Costa in attack on Tuesday, and that is likely to afford Alvaro Morata another chance to impress, having already begun to find form under Diego Simeone. The Spaniard saw a goal chalked off in the first leg and will be keen to get among the goals this time out.