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Summary: Atlético shows its courage

Summary: Atlético shows its courage

Atlético suffered a heavy defeat by Bayern in Game 1 to stay undefeated in their remaining five games and advance to the 16th round.

UEFA.tv: group stage review


campaign so far

Highlights: Atlético 3-2 Salzburg (2 mins)

Highlights: Atlético 3-2 Salzburg (2 minutes)

Group A runner-up : W2 D3 L1 F7 A8
top scorer : João Felix (3)

21/10 : Bayern 4-0 Atlético (Coman 28 72, Goretzka 41, Tolisso)
27/10 : Atlético 3-2 Salzburg (Llorente 29, João Félix 52 85; Szoboszlai 40, Felipe 47og)
03/11 : Lokomotiv 1-1 Atlético (Miranchuk 25 pen; Giménez 18)
25/11 : Atlético 0-0 Locomotive
01/12 : Atlético 1-1 Bayern (João Félix 26; Müller 86)
09/12 : Salzburg 0-2 Atlético (Hermoso 39, Carrasco 86)

Ten word campaigns : After echoing defeat at Bayern&#39, home form came to the rescue.

UEFA.com correspondent's opinion

After a sticky start to the campaign, Atlético returned to what they do best: grinding results and getting the job done. Diego Simeone walked away from the tried and trusted 4-4-2' choosing a system with three in the back, giving them the real threat of both flanks and up.

Classic Atlético Champions League goals

Classic Atlético Champions League goals

With Luis Suárez&#39 finding their shooting boots in Europe, they can, but only if they keep moving forward in the competition.
Joseph Walker, Atlético correspondent

what we learned

The Rojiblancos couldn't have gotten off to a worse start; Champions were beaten 4-0, equalizing Bayern&#39's heaviest defeat in Europe&#39. However, they recovered well and eventually fought as Group A runner-up. They evolve as the season progresses, especially as João Félix is enjoying the aging campaign.

One downside might be the lack of threat from midfield, but Simeone&#39's switch to 3-5-2 setup helped them look more dangerous without sacrificing their famous defensive toughness.

Key statistics

Highlights: Atlético 1-1 Bayern (2 mins)

Highlights: Atlético 1-1 Bayern (2 minutes)

• Atlético prevented Bayern&#39 from breaking their record of 15 consecutive wins in UEFA club competition at Matchday 5&#39 (Atlético&#39's winning streak was in the UEFA Europa League&#39).

• Luis Suárez failed to score an away goal in 27 UEFA Champions League matches up to 16 September 2015&#39.

• João Félix has scored five goals in his last nine competitive games – four goals, one assist.

Who is authorized?

After more than nine years and 500 games at the helm of Atlético, Simeone has created a side in their image and they remain as stable and determined as ever.

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