The Champions League quarterfinals officially begin this week as eight teams continue to battle it out for the ultimate prize in May. On Tuesday, 2021 finalists Manchester City welcome Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid to the Etihad Stadium for a first leg encounter. This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides, although Pep Guardiola and Simeone have gone toe to toe before in their managerial careers.
Both clubs come into this fixture in fine form. City is unbeaten in seven across all competitions, most recently defeating Burnley 2-0 over the weekend thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. Manchester City also soared past Sporting Lisbon in the UCL Round of 16, winning 5-0 on aggregate. As for Atleti, they've won six in a row in La Liga and seven overall, securing a 4-1 victory at the weekend against Alaves, with Joao Felix and Luis Suarez both scoring two goals apiece. The Spanish title-holders also ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United's hopes of a Champions League run last month, beating the Red Devils 2-1 on aggregate. They're just the second team ever to clash with both Manchester teams in the knockouts, with Juventus previously doing so in 1976-77. The Old Lady went on to win the UEFA cup that year.
That being said, here is all the info you need to know for Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, including time, predictions, tv channel, live streaming info, and more.
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid start time and TV channel
What time does the game start?
The game is set to kick off at 3 PM EST on Tuesday, April 5th.
Where is the game being played?
The match will take place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
How to watch or live stream?
The match will be aired via Univision, TUDN, and CBS. Live streams can be accessed via Paramount+.
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
The Citizens have won three of their four games against Spanish oppositions and are yet to face a serious test in the Champions League. While they did lose twice in the group stages, City still finished top of their pod and Sporting posed zero threat to them in the last round. Pep's men are also the favorite to win the competition.
Atletico meanwhile, was quite poor in their group, barely scraping through to the knockouts after losing three times. They're definitely in top form right now but Simeone's group could be without a very important player on Tuesday as center-back Jose Gimenez limped off over the weekend with an injury. He's reportedly doubtful to feature for the first leg. If the Uruguayan is sidelined, that's a massive blow to Atleti's backline against a vibrant Manchester City attack.
City is practically unbeatable on home soil and has only tasted defeat in one of their previous nine outings in the Champions League. Atleti might be peaking right now but I firmly believe Man City will have no problem securing a victory here ahead of the return fixture next week in Madrid. The hosts will move one step closer to making the showpiece once again.