Champions League Finals Match Preview: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

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Updated: May 19, 2014
Real Madrid

Match Date: 29 May 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisbon

(Featured Image: Real Madrid | Source: telegraph.co.uk)

 

Atletico Madrid have been declared winners in the Spanish top-tier football, defeating defending champions Barcelona on total points behind the stalemate they had in their most recent battle. This counts as Los Colchoneros’ 1st victory in almost two decades, and their 10th in all of the club’s history.

 

Real Madrid, meanwhile, wrapped up the season with a victory over Espanyol but the success was no longer enough to push them upwards and clinch the title. They placed third overall, behind Atletico and Barcelona. They, however, provided the season’s highest number of goals scored as well as the top-scoring player (Cristiano Ronaldo).

 

“We fought all season long, hanging on against difficult teams and against RealMadrid and Barcelona,” said Godin, who delivered the crucial header to equalize Barcelona’s opener.

 

For Atletico, and most especially for coach Diego Simeone, the victory was more than just raising the silverware. It was a major feat for a club that have been considered inferior of their El Derbi Madrileño rivals Real Madrid as well as the defending champions Barcelona. With the finals of the Champions League approaching, they would again need to display some showstoppers and prove to the world that they can be the better side when compared to their equally stunning nemeses.

 

Real Madrid will head to the climax of the European top-flight tournament with mixed feelings: joy for the recent victory they achieved over Espanyol and frustration for their ‘loss’ they incurred in the overall tally. One thing is for sure, however, they will not let two defeats pass by them in row. Their two victories from their past three matches against Atletico should substantiate this claim.

 

Champions league betting tip: This brawl will be of the highest quality, and one of the sides will have to win. The scoring will be decisively narrow, but Real Madrid will eventually dominate over Atletico.