MADRID: Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone handed a rare start up front to Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco for his side’s crucial Champions League last-16 clash with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
The tie is finely balanced at 0-0 after the first leg in the Netherlands three weeks ago.
Carrasco impressed in a forward role alongside top scorer Antoine Griezmann in Atletico’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in January, but missed the first leg due to an ankle injury.
Argentine midfielder Augusto Fernandez replaces compatriot Lucian Vietto in Simeone’s only change from Saturday’s 3-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna.
PSV welcome back top scorer and captain Luuk de Jong after he missed the first leg through suspension.
French defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin comes in to bolster the visitors’ backline with Luciano Narsingh and the suspended Gaston Pereiro dropping out.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2) Jan Oblak; Juanfran, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi (capt), Augusto Fernandez, Saul Niguez; Antoine Griezmann, Yannick Carrasco
Coach: Diego Simeone (ARG)
PSV Eindhoven (5-3-2) Jeroen Zoet; Santiago Arias, Jeffrey Bruma, Hector Moreno, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Jetro Willems; Marco van Ginkel, Davy Proepper, Andres Guardado; Luuk de Jong (capt), Jurgen Locadia.
Coach: Phillip Cocu (NED)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)