Goal-shy Atletico face early, embarrassing exit
Atletico Madrid, within inches of Champions League glory twice in the last four years, are in danger of an embarrassing early exit from the competition unless they can rediscover their scoring touch against Qarabag FK on Tuesday.
Diego Simeone’s side have only netted five times in their last seven games in all competitions, of which they have only won one, and their profligacy continued in a 1-1 home draw with Villarreal on Saturday.
The struggle to score has been most pronounced in the Champions League, with Antoine Griezmann’s penalty in the 2-1 defeat by Chelsea the only time they have found the net in this season.
Atletico have made their worst start in the tournament since 2009 after taking two points from their three games and must beat Azerbaijani champions Qarabag to have a realistic chance of reaching the last 16.
Atletico’s growth has been stunted by a ban on registering new players, although the team’s biggest problem has not been their ability to create chances, but their struggle to put them away