While the standings in Group D is done and dusted, Tuesday’s final game between Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid could be more than an academic display as the opposing teams have eyes for records in the Match Day 6 contest.
Atletico are guaranteed top position regardless of the outcome at Allianz Arena but Coach Diego Simeone and his team will fancy being the seventh team in history of the Champions League to win all their group games.READ ALSO: The 4 most important UCL Match-day 6 matches
In a liked manner, Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s side that are also keen to end the group phase on a high before going into the knockout phase will be looking to extend their winning run at home in the Champions League to 15 games.
Bayern Munich were humbled by the Russian minnows FC Rostov with a 3-2 win on matchday 5. While Atletico defeated Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 2-0 at home to seal the knockout ticket as group winners.Team News Bayern Munich
Julian Green and Kingsley Coman are the only injury concerns for Carlo Ancelotti's side. With qualification to the knockout stages already secured, Ancelotti could make some changes to the team as they cannot leapfrog Atletico Madrid into first place.
With Philipp Lahm and Jerome Boateng one booking away from a ban, Ancelotti may not risk losing them for the first leg of the next stage of the competition.
Joshua Kimmich and Javi Martinez could profit with further game time as a resultAtletico Madrid
Diego Simeone attempted some experiment with the team and formation at the weekend but it did not have the desired effect as they could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to Espanyol.
With top spot in the group already secured, the result of this match means relatively little although Simeone will still demand a win to keep their momentum in the competition going.
Filipe Luis is one booking away from a ban in the next stage of the competition and may not be risked here.
Lucas Hernández may deputise as a result. Gimenez could also profit with some extra playing time given the circumstances of this match Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head
The reverse fixture between the two sides ended in a 1-0 win for Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon, courtesy of a first half goal from Yannick Carrasco.
The teams also met on last edition’s semi-final, and Madrid got the better of Bayern on away goal rule after the aggregate over two legs were tied at 2-2.
Atletico won 1-0 at home, but lost 2-1 in the second leg in Munich.
It is worth to take a look at Bayern’s overall record at home against Spanish La Liga sides. They had won 17 and drew 5 out of the 24 matches so far, losing just twice.
Atletico Madrid’s record in 17 visits to Germany to take on Bundesliga sides is not so inspiring. They had managed 5 wins and 3 draws, losing 9.Possible line-upsBayern
: Neuer; Rafinha, Martínez, Hummels, Bernat; Lahm, Sanches; Costa, Müller, Robben; Lewandowski.
Out: Götze (suspended), Boateng (muscular injury)
Misses next match if booked: Boateng, LahmAtlético:
Oblak; Vrsaljko, Giménez, Savić, Lucas Hernández; Gaitán, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco; Correa, Torres.
Out: Tiago (rested), Filipe Luís (rested), Augusto (knee), Cerci (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Filipe Luís Managers’ Quotes Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern coach
We didn't achieve what we were hoping for [finishing top of the section], but against Atlético we want to put on a good performance. Motivation is high because we are playing such a tough opponent. We know we haven't always been at our best this season. From the knockout stages onwards we need to play much better because the standard is higher Prediction
Bayern Munich 2-1 Atletico Madrid