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Champions League Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

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It will be the second time in three years that we will be seeing an all-Madrid derby in the UEFA Champions League final, as Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid at the San Siro in Milan.

The last time these two sides met we saw Los Blancos go on and lift their 10th European cup (La Decima), as they beat Atletico 4-1 after extra time.

This will be the sixth one-country final in the competitions history and it’s been Real Madrid having won two of the previous five.

Match Background:

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane could become the seventh man to win the European Cup as both player and coach. If he does he would be following in the footsteps of Miguel Muñoz (Real Madrid 1956, 1957,Real Madrid 1960, 1966), Giovanni Trapattoni (AC Milan 1963, 1969; Juventus 1985), Johan Cruyff (AFC Ajax 1971, 1972; FC Barcelona 1992), Carlo Ancelotti (Milan 1989, 1990; AC Milan 2003, 2007, Real Madrid 2014), Frank Rijkaard (Milan 1989, 1990, Ajax 1995; Barcelona 2006), Josep Guardiola (Barcelona 1992; Barcelona 2009, 2011).

Ronaldo could become the first player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals. He is one of four players to have scored in two finals, along with Raúl González (2000, 2002), Samuel Eto’o (2006, 2009) and Lionel Messi (2009, 2011).

Real Madrid’s record in Europe against Spanish clubs is W10 D5 L3. They are unbeaten in their last five such matches, since a 2-0 home loss against Barcelona in the 2010/11 semi-final first leg.

Atlético have won seven and lost only three of their 13 matches in Europe against Spanish opposition.

Los Rojos have lost three times in this season’s competition, winning six and drawing three. They have not won away from the Vicente Calderón in the knockout stages, drawing 0-0 at PSV Eindhoven in the round of 16 before losing 2-1 at both Barcelona and Bayern München.

Lastly, Diego Simeone could become only the third non-European coach to win the European Cup – the first two were also Argentinian, namely Luis Carniglia (Madrid 1958, 1959) and Helenio Herrera (FC Internazionale Milano 1964, 1965).

Conclusion:

We feel that Atletico Madrid will come out firing this final, as they will not want a repeat of two seasons ago. Since the knockout stages of the competition the team in red and white has been the most inform side and most probably had the toughest to get into the final.

Many think that if Real Madrid spark and get all their stars playing together, then then will come out winners in this one, but we not so sure.

We are backing the upset in this tie and we feel the Atletico Madrid will come out winners on the night – our prediction 2-1 on the night.

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