Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid Play for the Champions League TrophyPublished May 28, 2016 by Florin P
Real Madrid seek new Champions League win at the expense of their city rivals. (7:45 p.m UK Time).
The last stage of the Champions League will decide the winner on Saturday and the finalists are both from the city of Madrid. They have played the final in 2014 and back then Real Madrid emerged victorious, after leveling the score in the last minute of overtime. Since then, Atletico Madrid grew a lot and now has one of the best defensive lineups in Europe, which should serve them well in the final.
Concerns Regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's Fitness
The Portuguese striker has played in the last matches for Real Madrid and did a fine job, but his health concerns are far from over. It goes without saying that he will play in the Champions League final, but he will need to perform at 100% to be an asset for his team. Simeone knows how to shut down individual players and he’ll have his best defenders follow Cristiano all over the field.
Real Madrid has plenty of players capable of scoring goals, but recently their backline was surprisingly vulnerable. Against mediocre teams, such as Rayo Vallecano and a reeling Valencia, they’ve allowed two goals and were lucky to score 3 of their own. Against Atletico Madrid it is most unlikely to have a chance at a miraculous rebound, if their opponents score first.
Griezmann Spearheading the Offensive
The Frenchman will be the sole striker against Real Madrid, but he will benefit from the assistance of Fernando Torres. They have scored a combined 33 goals this season, but a single one scored by any of them could be enough for Atletico Madrid to prevail.
We are looking at a low-scoring goal that can literally go either way, so it makes perfect sense to take advantage of the bigger odds. bet365 Sports regards Atletico Madrid as the underdog, so will enjoy odds of 6/5 on them to lift the trophy.