UCL: Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid | Match Preview

The defending European champions Real Madrid have a giant step in the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff after crushing Atletico Madrid three-nil in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The second leg will confirm Real Madrid reaching the 2017 UEFA Champions League in Cardiff unless Atletico Madrid manage to pull off a miracle.


ATLETICO MADRID
Diego Simeone’s side have been underperforming this, both domestically and internationally, which something unusually the past seven years.

Atletico Madrid narrowly defeated SD Eibar, who have been sensational this season, with one-nil at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Atletico Madrid are located on a third place with 74 points, being ten points behind local rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Diego Simeone’s side have suffered just two defeats in their last five matches in all competitions, primarily LaLiga and UEFA Champions League.

Team News: Fernández will be absent from this match due to a knee injury. Three players are doubtful for the second leg. Vrsaljko might miss the match at Vicente Calderon Stadium due to a suspected knee injury. Juanfran and Gimenez are also doubtful for the second leg, lacking match fitness.

Atletico Madrid’s Form In All Competitions:
Eibar | W – LaLiga
Real Madrid | L – UEFA Champions League
Las Palmas | W – LaLiga
Villarreal | L – LaLiga
Espanyol | W – LaLiga

REAL MADRID
Zinedine Zidane’s managing career has been phenomenal so far. He is in the hunt for the double (LaLiga- and UEFA Champions League-title). They are seeking to be the first football club to defend a UEFA Champions League-title as the defending champions.

Real Madrid crushed Granada with four-nil in their latest match in LaLiga away from home. They are currently on a second place with 84 points, same amount of points as their Catalan rivals FC Barcelona but number of points collected from the matches involving teams.

Real Madrid have won four of their last five matches in all competitions, primarily in LaLiga and UEFA Champions League.

Team News: Two players will be absent from the second leg at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Daniel Carvajal and Wales international Gareth Bale will be out due to hamstring and calf injury respectively.

Real Madrid’s Form In All Competitions:
Granada | W – LaLiga
Atletico Madrid | W – UEFA Champions League
Valencia | W – LaLiga
Deportivo La Coruña | W – LaLiga
FC Barcelona | L – LaLiga

SUMMARY
Both clubs, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, have faced each other in overall eight matches in the UEFA Champions League. Atletico Madrid have won one match and Real Madrid have won five matches. Two matches have ended in draws.

Atletico Madrid have faced Real Madrid twice in the finals of 2014 and 2016. Once in the quarter-finals of the 2014/2015 UEFA Champions League season.

Atletico Madrid defeated Real Madrid with one-nil in the semi-final of the 1958/1959 European Cup, but lost the semi-finals on unfavorable aggregate.

Real Madrid crushed local rivals Atletico Madrid with three-nil in the first leg of the semi-final of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League last week after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

Real Madrid have a huge advantage in reaching their third UEFA Champions League final in three years and might be the first football club to defend the title as the defending champions with a three-nil aggregate.

PREDICTION
Atletico Madrid 1 – 1 Real Madrid

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