- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

MADRID (AP) - Atletico Madrid is relying on the Spanish league’s toughest defense - and Antoine Griezmann up front - to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals for the third straight year.

Atletico, which has allowed only 12 league goals this season, will host PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday following a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

“From this moment, the PSV match is this season’s most important,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said after his team’s 3-0 win against Deportivo La Coruna.

Simeone said he would be using an unpredictable attack led by Griezmann, “because he generates possibilities we can take advantage of.”

Griezmann has scored four Champions League goals this season and 22 in all competitions.

For PSV, the match comes five days before the Dutch league leaders play Ajax, a match between the top two teams that will likely go a long way to deciding who wins the title.

Here are some things to know about Tuesday’s match:



Atletico is coming into the match after four straight wins, starting with a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The team has scored three goals in each of the last three, against Real Sociedad, Valencia and Deportivo.

“We’ve found a regularity and a more stable way of playing,” Simeone said. “We have players who can penetrate from the second line.

“What’s important is that the goals come from different parts of the field.”

Fernando Torres trained with the squad Sunday, an indication that the Spain striker has recovered from a knee injury.



In need of a goal against one of Europe’s best defenses, Dutch league leader PSV will welcome back captain Luuk de Jong from a one-match suspension.

De Jong, one of the top scorers in the Dutch league this season who netted his 19th goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with SC Heerenveen, will be looking to add to his tally of two goals in five Champions League matches.

“The priority this season is the Dutch league, but hopefully we can pull off a shock (against Atletico),” De Jong told Dutch daily De Telegraaf. “Maybe we can grab a goal and then shut them out in defense.”

While De Jong is available again for the 1988 European champions, backup striker Gaston Pereiro will be suspended after his red card in the 0-0 draw with Atletico in Eindhoven.



PSV defender Jetro Willems said he is feeling fatigued ahead of PSV’s biggest week of the season.

The left back injured his knee at a training camp in France ahead of the season and was sidelined for months before returning to first-team action in late January.

After a disappointing performance on Saturday, Willems said he has been feeling tired as he returns to full match fitness.

“I’m not going to complain that I didn’t play for eight months,” Willems told De Telegraaf. “But I joined the team halfway through the season and that is a big difference to going through the normal preparations. That’s why I have to give 200 percent instead of 100 percent.”

Willems hurt his ankle in the draw with Heerenveen, which ended a run of 10 straight victories for the defending champions, but said he should be fit to play against Atletico.

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