In the press conference, Diego Simeone told he would make Fernando Torres start.
They can't really hide, Barça and Atlético are very used to competing against each other, and although the context of a Champion's League quarter-final is a bit particular, it will be difficult for both teams to surprise their opponent. On paper, Barça are the clear favourites, with an impressive unbeaten streak that only ended on the weekend in El Clásico against Real Madrid. Their strike force is the best in Europe and the whole of the continent shivers when having to face the Blaugranas. On the other side, a very solid collective ruled by the iron fist of Argentine Diego 'El Cholo' Simeone. A very difficult team to beat, aware defensively, talented offensively and always dangerous on the break.
As well as Barça, having a few injuries to cope with, Atlético will miss some of their players in the first leg of this fascinating quarter-final. José Maria Gímenez is one of them, as well as Óliver Torres and Tiago. Uncertain still despite his quick recovery, Diego Godín should be starting to give the back four some more peace when having to hold one of the best trios of the competition (Messi, Suárez and Neymar account for 15 goals this season). On the other hand, Diego Simeone said he would put Fernando Torres up front as he is "our best option", according to the Argentine. El Niño scored on the weekend and surely will try to match his performance of 2011/12 when he scored at Camp Nou with Chelsea, knocking out the Blaugranas. Here is the probable starting XI for Atlético.