With their top-four charge in danger, Diego Simeone is ready to go all-out against Real Madrid tonight, and has selected his starting lineup accordingly. After using a 3-5-2 constantly through this season, it seems he has resorted to a 4-4-2.
Jan Oblak starts in goal and is inarguably the biggest gap between Madrid and the goal. He is guarded by a back-four which features Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic in the heart of the defence, while Sime Vrsaljko takes up the right-back spot.
Captain Koke is part of the double pivot alongside Geoffrey Kondogbia, while Marcos Llorente starts as the wide right-midfielder. His work-rate will be crucial against Rodrygo and Toni Kroos. Yannick Carrasco is deployed on the opposite side of the wide midfield.
Antoine Griezmann makes way for Matheus Cunha, who is starting alongside Angel Correa in the front-two. The two have a combined total of just 16 goals this season, but will need to be at the top of their form against a weakened Madrid side.
Confirmed Atletico XI: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Llorente, Koke, Kondogbia, Carrasco; Correa, Cunha
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.