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Bayern vs Atletico Madrid, Three Questions with an Atletico expert ahead of the Champions League

From Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Arena itself, this is going to be the toughest test for Atletico Madrid. What does it mean for them?

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Last week's 1-0 loss at the Vincente Calderon was definitely not ideal for Bayern Munich, but neither was it disastrous. Diego Simeone's team are as tough as nails and escaping with just a single goal to surmount is extremely doable for one of the most potent attacks in world football.

But the situation has changed for both sides since last week as key players are back from injury and the finals cards have been dealt. Taking us through what to expect from Atletico Madrid this week is Jeremy Beren of Into the Calderon.

BFW: The Allianz Arena is a veritable fortress for Bayern Munich. They've routinely trounced some of Germany's and Europe's best teams by terrifying margins. How much confidence do you have in Atletico's focus and defense knowing this might be the toughest away ground in Europe?

Jeremy: Focus and complete commitment to the cause will be essential. Bayern have not overwhelmed the opposition at Allianz Arena in the knockout stage, needing that fightback against Juventus and only beating Benfica 1-0, but as you've said they're eminently capable. A win or draw of any kind will send Atleti to the final at the end of the month and Diego Simeone's men will need to snuff out another round of Pep Guardiola attacking strategies to get there. I have a lot of confidence in Atleti's defense and its ability to repeatedly deny and frustrate, but this will be its toughest test yet.

BFW: Diego Godin's status seems to be more up in the air every day. Will he return for this match and what would this mean for Atletico Madrid?

Jeremy: Godín has been given the green light and he will start after overcoming a hamstring problem. The center-back's return is huge for Atlético; it may not have seemed like it in the first leg, but his intelligence, fearlessness and leadership were missed in Madrid. He personifies Atleti's attitude and he will be key in navigating through the tricky terrain in Munich.

BFW: Some people pointed out how the dry pitch in Madrid helped sap the life out of Bayern's possession game and offense. Do you think the slick, faster pitch at the Allianz will play to Bayern's advantage?

Jeremy: It probably will. I don't know about you, but I would expect Bayern to move the ball around much quicker and push the tempo in an attempt to destabilize Atlético with an early goal. It's just something else Atleti will have to overcome on the way to earning a result.