24 May, 2014 - 12:36

UEFA Champions League final. Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid


Two clubs from the same league. Two clubs from the same city. Fierce rivals. This is what 2014 Champions League final looks like.

Last season’s all-German final passes the turn to Spanish clubs. Two Madrid sides, Real and Atletico are set for a showdown in Lisbon, at beautiful Estadio da Luz. Real have made it to the final match for the first time since 2002 and are hoping to get the 10th European title (or decima as they call it in Spain). Atletico have never won the top European competition and are desperate to add the Champions League trophy to La Liga title they secured last week at Camp Nou.

The clubs have met four times this season, Atletico won 1-0 at Bernabeu and drew 2-2 at Vicente Calderon in La Liga, but were outclassed 0-5 on aggregate in Copa del Rey.

Way to final

Real Madrid were comfortable winners on group stage, getting 16 points from Juventus, Galatasaray and Copenhagen. Later on in the tournament Carlo Ancelotti’s side beat three
German teams, Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Atletico Madrid won the group with the same margin of 16 points, earned against Zenit St.Petersburg, Porto and Austria Wien. In knockout stage The Colchoneros made it past some of the biggest European clubs, Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea.

Diego Costa seems to have recovered from muscle injury after practising some traditional medicine. Cristiano Ronaldo will also be fit by Saturday night. Xabi Alonso is sidelined with suspension.

The Balon D’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, conceded it’s an obsession for all madridistas to win the title:

“Since the first day we came here, we’ve felt that positive pressure to win the Champions League. Real Madrid have wanted it for a long time. It is a moment that the whole Madrid family are dreaming about - the ‘decima’.”

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Author: Leon Smolski

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