Thursday, May 22, 2014

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Champions League final - May 24, 2014

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Competition: Champions League Final

For Real Madrid winning the Champions League is a make or break: if they will succeed they will make history of their club by securing ‘La Decima’ - the 10th European Cup success. They have looked by far the strongest side as proven by the hammering against Bayern in Munich. Before of that  they ahave eliminate Dortmund with a 3-0 home win but they made life difficult when losing the return 2-0.
Xabi Alonso received his third yellow card of the competition in Munich and is suspended. Jesé is Carlo Ancelotti's only main injury concern while Morata, Benzema and Lopez should be regularly available for selection.
Atletico Madrid team are coming off their draw against FC Barcelona, which netted them the La Liga title. They knocked out a number of former champions along the way to the UCL final: AC Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea. Their performance at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their semi-final showed how deadly they can be but the likely absence of Diego Costa could make this a step too far against their cross city rivals.
Simeone is not yet certain if he will be able to count on their main star Diego Costa and on the versatile Turkish midfielder Arda Turan. Raúl García could therefore start alongside David Villa in attack.
The Colchoneros are particularly strong in defence and conceded just 26 times domestically in Primera Division. They kept 20 clean sheets and failed to score in just five of their league games. Furthermore, they are the only unbeaten team in the Champions League this term. Traveling is no concern as Atletico have found the net in all of their European matches outside of Madrid this season.
Real Madrid won a Copa del Rey tie by 5-0 on aggregate (but three of those came on own goals) and have only 2 of their last 30 competitive games against their city rivals. Anyway, Atletico have lost just two of their last six encounters with their more decorated neighbours.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid previous meetings:
Date Competition: Results
02-03-14 Primera División Atlético Madrid 2 – 2 Real Madrid
11-02-14 Copa del Rey Atlético Madrid 0 – 2 Real Madrid
05-02-14 Copa del Rey Real Madrid 3 – 0 Atlético Madrid
28-09-13 Primera División Real Madrid 0 – 1 Atlético Madrid
17-05-13 Copa del Rey Real Madrid 1 – 2E Atlético Madrid

Probable Line-Ups:
Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal; Modric, Illarramendi, Di Maria; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Courois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis; Gabi, Tiago, Arda Turan, Koke; Raul Garcia, Villa.

Match date: Saturday, 24 May 2014
Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon e Benfica, Portugal

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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