• This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • Atletico Madrid are taking part in their fourth Champions League campaign, their first since 2009/10.
  • Atletico’s best performance in the Champions League was reaching the quarter finals back in 1996/97.
  • Atletico Madrid have failed to win any of their last 9 Champions League games (6 draws, 3 defeats). Their last victory in the competition dates back to November 2008 (v PSV Eindhoven).
  • Atletico Madrid have lost their two home encounters with Russian sides in European competition: versus Spartak Moscow in the 1972/73 Cup Winners’ Cup (3-4) and Rubin Kazan in the 2012/13 Europa League (0-2).
  • Zenit are taking part in their fourth Champions League campaign – they have never gone further than the last 16 (2011/12).
  • Zenit have won none of their last five competitive encounters with Spanish sides (1 draw, 4 defeats).
  • Zenit have won only two of their 10 Champions League games away from home (2 draws, 6 defeats). They have failed to score in six of these games.