The Etihad meeting between the reigning champions of England and Spain is a game that has captured everyone’s imagination.
It not only brings together two of the most talented and successful squads in Europe, but also gives rise to a tactical contest that will see respective managers Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone seek to guide their sides one step closer towards this year’s showpiece final to be staged in Paris.
But how do City and Atletico square up in terms of how each have fared in the Champions League so far this season?
Ahead of Tuesday’s clash, we have run the rule over City and Atletico’s head-to-head statistical records in the Champions League so far this term.
Overall record in 2021/22
From our eight games to date in Europe so far this season, City have won five, drawn one and lost twice.
Atletico meanwhile have won three, lost three and drawn twice from their first eight games across the Continent.
Intriguingly, all three of Atlético's victories in this season's Champions League have come away from home, including decisive successes at Porto and Manchester United in their two most recent fixtures.
Meanwhile City boast a superb record at the Etihad, having not lost at home in Europe for three and a half years.
In progressing through to the quarter-final stages once more, City have already racked up an impressive 23 goals from those eight matches.
Though Atletico also boast a quality forward line, to date goals have proved harder to come by for them in Europe with Simeone’s side hitting the target on nine occasions so far.
Goals per minute
Given those respective goal tallies, City have the edge in terms of a goals per minute ratio.
Ahead of Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg, Guardiola’s side have registered a goal every 31 minutes.
Meanwhile, Simeone’s men have so far found the target on average every 80 minutes.
The stats in this category are almost identical.
Across eight games so far, City conceded 10 times in Champions League action.
Atletico have proved to be even more parsimonious at the back, having conceded just nine goals en route to tonight’s Etihad encounter.
Long admired as one of the finest passing squads assembled in the European game, City have the edge in terms of this statistical square up.
So far in our 2021/22 Champions League campaign, Guardiola’s side have accumulated a remarkable 90.9% figure from our first eight games, further illustrating our quality and consistency in terms of that facet of the game.
Atletico have proved impressive pass masters too, clocking in a 77.8% passing accuracy percentage figure to date.
Total passes completed
Unsurprisingly perhaps, the collective City squad have also registered highly in this key facet of the game too from our European campaign to date.
Across our games so far in reaching the last eight, Guardiola’s squad have accumulated 4,533 completed passes. Atletico’s cumulative total currently comes in at 2,329.
For a side that puts such a key premium on retaining dominance of the ball, Guardiola’s side have also accumulated hugely impressive stats in this aspect of the game too.
City will kick-off on Tuesday night, boasting a 59.5% score in terms of our average possession so far this Champions League campaign.
In contrast, Atletico currently have a percentage score of 42.9% those their first eight games across Europe.