Rostov v Atletico Madrid: Russian newcomers face toughest test yet

Antoine Griezmann - great at goalscoring, not so great at making predictions
Antoine Griezmann - great at goalscoring, not so great at making predictions

Atletico Madrid are probably the best club in Europe on current form, as Rostov are about to discover...


"Atletico Madrid conceded a goal against Granada, which is such a rarity that it was just their second leak in the space of nine encounters."

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It's a good job that Antoine Griezmann has diverted everyone's attention by scoring six goals already this season because, if he hadn't, far more time would be devoted to ridiculing him for one of the most premature and misguided predictions of all time.

When Atletico Madrid opened the campaign with La Liga draws against promoted duo Alaves and Leganes, he panicked that "if we continue like this, we'll be fighting against relegation", a reaction that prompted criticism from teammates and saw him forced to apology.

Since then, his side have won seven times in eight games in all competitions, the latest success a 7-1 destruction of Granada. They top La Liga, but their Champions League position is even stronger, with 1-0 wins over PSV and Bayern Munich seeing them three points clear of second and five above third.

Twin triumphs over Rostov might be enough to secure qualification, and how can you go against when Barcelona are the only of their four hosts since September to have scored against them, let alone denied them victory, and three of their past four group-stage trips have yielded three points?


Atletico Madrid Win to Nil

There is one level on which Diego Simeone might interpret the aforementioned 7-1 hammering of Granada as a failure and that is that they conceded a goal, which is such a rarity that it was just their second leak in the space of nine encounters, with the other occurring away to Barcelona.

Even those figures aren't quite as exceptional as the nine clean sheets that they have achieved in 13 Champions League fixtures, especially when you consider that over half of those were knockout ties against the finest attacks on the continent. Rostov fired blanks in three of their last seven matches.


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