Manchester United travel to Madrid on Wednesday to take on Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg. The two sides have not face off in an official match since 1991, with a few familiar faced locking horns.
For Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, two friends, it will be the chance to take on each other for the first time in their career. After playing for the French national team for several years together, the two have developed quite the chemistry but have not crossed paths with their clubs.
Ahead of the mouth-watering clash, Griezmann and Pogba spoke to each other on a video call. A screenshot of said call was shared on Instagram by the Man United midfielder.
Griezmann has been in incredible form in the Champions League despite injury trouble, scoring four goals and assisting one.
The 30-year-old was sidelined for the last seven games, returning to the bench vs Osasuna on the weekend. He might not get the nod to start against United, but an appearance off the bench is pretty much guaranteed.
Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe
Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.
After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.
And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.
Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.
And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.
Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.
Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.
📋 Nuestra 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮 para mañana 👊 pic.twitter.com/ME1fwfQB6J— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 3, 2023