Russian side Zenit will be aiming to record a victory over Atletico Madrid that should help them retain second spot in Group G ahead of the last round of the Champions League group stage. Los Rojiblancos have already book their place in the knock-out phase, but Diego Simeone’s men always go for a win, meaning that the hosts face a difficult task on Tuesday afternoon in Sankt Petersburg.
Despite failing to win in last three rounds in the Russian Premier League, Zenit Sankt Petersburg are still leading the national championship standings with 36 points. At the weekend Zenitchiki suffered a shocking 2-0 defeat to Rostov at their Stadion Petrovskij, meaning that the team will be looking to make amends for this awful display when they welcome Atletico Madrid in the Champions League group stage. Ahead of the clash against los Rojiblancos, Zenit occupy second position in group G, but they are just one point clear of Porto, who are likely to defeat Austria Vienna on home soil on Tuesday night. The Russian side will give 100% to record a victory that should help them stay in the race for a place in the knock-out stage of the elite competition and I am positive that Luciano Spalletti will adopt the all-out-attack formation at Stadio Petrovskij.
Atletico Madrid are one of the world’s best teams at the moment and that is more than obvious. However, seeing that they for La Liga title with Barcelona and Real Madrid, it seems as if Diego Simeone’s men are unlikely to lift the trophy for yet another term. Los Rojiblancos arrive in Sankt Petersburg following a 7-0 demolition of city rivals Getafe at Vicente Calderon, but the team’s biggest problem on Tuesday night could be the lack of motivation. Atletico Madrid have already secure their place in the Champions League knock-out phase with four wins out of four matches. Los Rojiblancos are the best team in Europe in the UEFA rankings and they surely do not want to lose against Zenit, even though they have nothing to play for in Russia. However, seeing that Diego Simeone will rest several first team regulars, I do not believe that there is a big value on the visitors this time out.