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Antoine Griezmann’s Return Marks Crucial Moment as Atletico Madrid Prepares for Inter Milan Challenge

Atletico Madrid are gearing up to face Inter Milan in a crucial fixture this Wednesday, with the potential return of Antoine Griezmann, a pivotal player for Diego Simeone’s squad. The initial encounter saw Atletico suffer a 1-0 setback in Milan during the last 16 first leg clash, with Griezmann sidelined due to an ankle sprain sustained at the San Siro.

During Griezmann’s absence, Atletico endured a mixed run, winning only one out of four matches. However, with Griezmann back in training, reports suggest he is poised to make his comeback in the second leg against Inter.

Atletico Madrid, currently facing challenges in La Liga, have a demanding schedule ahead. They are set to host Barcelona after the Inter match, with pressure mounting from teams like Athletic Bilbao vying for fourth place in the league standings. Despite their early Copa del Rey exit and a substantial gap behind league leaders Real Madrid, Atletico still strive for success, especially in the Champions League.

Simeone’s team suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Cadiz recently, which marked Cadiz’s first La Liga victory since September. Despite the setback, Simeone remains steadfast in his support for the team, emphasizing his belief in their potential to achieve great things.

The return of Griezmann provides a boost to Atletico’s attacking prowess, especially considering his impressive performance this season with 18 goals in 36 appearances across various competitions. Additionally, Atletico’s formidable home record at the Metropolitano stadium, where they have won 18 out of 20 matches this season, adds to their confidence.

However, Atletico’s defensive line faces uncertainties, with doubts looming over the form of several key defenders, including Gabriel Paulista and Reinildo Mandava.

Despite the challenges, Axel Witsel emphasizes the team’s need to regroup and focus on the upcoming clash against Inter. With their passionate fans expected to create a vibrant atmosphere at the stadium, Atletico aims to capitalize on their home advantage and secure a favorable result against Inter Milan.

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