MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 08: Diego Pablo Simeone, Manager of Atletico de Madrid gives instructions during the La Liga match between  Club Atletico de Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Wanda Metropolitano on December 08, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Atlético Madrid Lineup to Face Club Brugge on Tuesday

In the final set of Champions League group matches, Atlético Madrid face Club Brugge in Group A.


With Borussia Dortmund just two points behind Diego Simeone's side, Atlético must win to guarantee top spot in the group. However, no matter the result, the Spanish giants will progress to the next round of the competition.


Here is how Simeone might set his side up to gain that all important victory.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Jan Oblak (GK) - Atlético Madrid are blessed with two excellent goalkeepers, with Antonio Adán a more than capable deputy. However, Oblak is one of the best shot-stoppers in world football and is expected to start yet again.


Santiago Arias (RB) - Having signed from PSV in the summer, Arias has been rotated with the vastly experienced Juanfran. However, the Spanish right back is out injured, leaving Arias very much the first choice full back. 


Diego Godín (CB) - The colossal Uruguayan centre-back has missed Atlético's last five games with injury but is expected to return against Club Brugge. With Simeone's side struggling with defensive injuries, Godín's return to fitness is a welcomed sight. 


José Giménez (CB) - Godín and Giménez have made a formidable centre-back partnership for both club and country. The two know each other's strengths and weaknesses like the backs of their hands, making them a difficult unit to break down.


Filipe Luis (LB) - Simeone has been without Luis for the last three games and has been forced to deploy Saúl Ńíguez as a makeshift left back. However, the Brazilian full back is expected to return from injury to face Brugge. 

2. Midfielders

Thomas Lemar (RM) - Having signed from Monaco for a staggering fee of £63m, Lemar struggled to get going in Spain. However, his performances have improved as of late and his playmaking abilities from out wide will be vital in breaking down a stubborn Brugge defence.


Thomas Partey (CM) - The Ghanaian powerhouse midfielder has been impressive under Diego Simeone this season. Perhaps known best for his defensive abilities, Partey has chipped in with two goals and two assists this season too. He will prove a threat in both the attack and defence against Brugge.


Rodrgio Hernández Cascante (CM) - Known best as 'Rodri', the Spanish midfielder joined Atlético Madrid from Villarreal last summer. He has since appeared in 12 of Atlético's 15 La Liga games and has made himself an integral part of the team.


Saúl Ñíguez (LM) - Saúl has been deployed as a makeshift left back in recent games and will be relieved by the return of Filipe Luis from injury. This will allow the Spaniard to move into a more natural midfield position, enabling him to use his creativity and wand of a left foot to affect the game.

1. Forwards

Nikola Kalinic (ST) - The Croatian striker was another of Atlético's summer signings but struggled for game time to begin with. However, Kalinic has found himself in favour since Diego Costa's injury and has scored twice in his last two games to repay Simeone's faith in him.


Antoine Griezmann (ST) - The World Cup winner has been an integral part of Simeone's side since he signed for the club in 2014. He has been particularly influential in Europe this season, having scored four and assisted twice in Atlético's five Champions League games. He'll be keen to add to this record against Brugge.