Atletico Madrid will kick off their UEFA Champions League group stages in less than two weeks. The Rojiblancos learnt their fate in the draw this past Thursday, as they were paired up with FC Porto, Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge in Group B.
And, now they have been made aware of their fixture schedule for the group stages of Europe’s premier continental competition.
Diego Simeone’s side will kick off the group stage with a home game against FC Porto on September 7, in what would be a feisty clash between two strong teams at the Civitas Metropolitano.
Los Rojiblancos’ next assignment in Europe will take them to Germany, where they will face off against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena on September 13, which will come only days before the derby against Real Madrid.
Players will then fly away on the international break before returning early in October. And Atletico’s first European fixture post the break will be against Club Brugge away in Belgium on October 4.
They host the same opposition back at the Metropolitano on October 12 before locking horns with Bayer Leverkusen on October 26 once again on their home turf.
Los Colchoneros will end their group stage assignments in the Champions League with a trip to Portugal to face FC Porto on November 1.
Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move
Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.
As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.
Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.
But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.
While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.
The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.
As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.