7 facts on the Champions League game away at Atletico Madrid
FC Bayern are away at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday looking to make it five wins from five in the Champions League season. Should they do that, the European champions will set yet another record. Read on to find out about that and other interesting facts and figures ahead of the game in Spain.
1. Will Bayern claim record from Atletico?
FCB are currently on a run of 15 consecutive victories in the Champions League. It’s seen them not only set a new competition record but also equal the best mark from the Europa League, which is in fact held by Atletico Madrid. A win for Bayern in the Spanish capital will therefore see them claim a new European record from their opponents.
2. FCB chasing United’s away record
The Bavarians are also unbeaten in their last 15 away games in the Champions League (W12, D3) and can now equal Manchester United’s competition record of 16 matches without defeat on the road from 2007 to 2010.
3. Away wins a rarity in this fixture
For holders Bayern, this is their 25th appearance in the competition since it was renamed as the Champions League in 1992/93. Atletico are amongst Europe’s elite for the 12th time in that period. However, there have only been five previous matches between the clubs in the Champions League. Add in two games in the predecessor tournament, the European Cup, and it’s seven meetings. The Munich side have won four of those, while the Madrid club have claimed victory twice. The sole draw was in the 1974 European Cup final in Brussels before Bayern won the replay there 4-0. Excluding those two games at neutral venues, the home team has won every time.
4. Robert LewanGOALski
Robert Lewandowski has scored an incredible 38 times in 38 group games for Bayern since 2014/15, which is more than any other player in that period. His strike against Red Bull Salzburg last week took him to 71 career Champions League goals and level with Raul in third place in the all-time standings. One more would of course see him move clear of the Spanish legend, perhaps even in his home city.
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5. FCB proving happy travellers
Bayern have won each of their last six Champions League away games by an aggregate scoreline of 27-7. One more victory will see the team equal the club record in the European Cup/Champions League of seven straight away victories from February 2013 to February 2014.
6. Atletico tough at home
Atletico have lost just one of their last 24 Champions League matches at home (W18, D5), which came against Chelsea in September 2017 (2-1). Los Colchoneros have also never lost in the competition when hosting the defending champions (W3, D1).
7. Simeone’s bogey team?
Atletico coach Diego Simeone has lost three of his five matches against Bayern in the Champions League, which is more defeats than against any other club in the competition (also three against Real Madrid).