The mattress team has spent four decades without falling against rivals from that country for European competitions. This August 13 he faces RB Leipzig.
If there is a team that does well against German clubs, it is Atlético de Madrid. The mattress box, which will face Leipzig in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, presents a spectacular record. In fact, the Spanish have not lost a European competition tie since 1979 when Dinamo Dresden beat them in the first round of UEFA Cup.
Atleti have passed the round eight times they have faced German teams. In 1985-86, then trained by Luis Aragonés, he beat the terrible KFC Bayer Uerdingen 05 in the Recopa semifinals, in one of the best qualifying rounds that can be remembered.
A year later, in the 1986-87 season, he knocked Werder Bremen down in the UEFA Cup. In the 1999-2000 season, just in that damn campaign in which Atleti ended up descending to the Second Division, the mattress team eliminated Wolfsburg from the UEFA Cup.
Already in 2008-09, on a historic night, he eliminated Schalke 04 from the Champions League and, four years later, he did the same with Hannover 96 in the Europa League.
In 2014-15, Diego Simeone’s team surpassed Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, and perhaps the most remembered of all was in the 2015-2016 academic year when, against all odds, he left powerful Bayern Munich on the road. And a year later he was again the executioner of Bayer Leverkusen.
The above may perhaps serve as background, nothing more, but it sheds light on what could happen on August 13 against RB Leipzig. The pressure is on the side of the Germans.
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