The game goes to San siro, the Italian home of soccer and everyone is anticipating what is dubbed one of the toughest clash in Champions league history not just because it is a final but it becomes more tense because this is a final between two rivals in one city.
And now just imagine it.Out of the whole of Europe,two Spanish teams are in the finals and not just two Spanish teams,two Spanish teams in one city. Another interesting thing about this final is the fact that both teams met in the 2014 finals where Atletico Madrid were already on their way to victory just for Sergio Ramos to pop up with a late equaliser at the last minute of the game to force the game into extra time wherr Realmadrid eventually won it with goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo that clinched Realmadrid the La Decima.
This then promises to be another interesting final the world will be watching as Realmadrid has found their mojo back under Zinedine Zidane who has surprised us with his managerial skill among global superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos. The interesting thing about him is the way he has gotten his superstars to buy into his philosophy,a philosophy that has led that to win their last ten games on the trot.They’ve had a fairly easy run in the Champions league apart from the group stage where they had PSG and truely, they did a good job of topping the group conviniently, they went on to the second round where they easily dispatched Roma. It was surprisingly tougher for them in the quarter finals after what looked like an easy task after they were paired against Wolfsburg became an uphill task for them to climb, loosing 2-0 in Germany before a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired performance hattrick led them to a 3-2 aggregate win.They then dispatched Manchester city in the semifinals through a Gareth Bale solitary goal.
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Athleticomadrid has had it real tougher though.The scrapped through PSV in the round of sixteen after playing out a 0-0 draw on aggregate, they qualified 9-8 on penalties before knocking out defending champions Barcelona and Pep Guardiola’s Bayern munich in the semi-finals (now who does that). WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT!!!.It sure promises to be very tense as both teams have their full squad available for this game apart from Cristiano Ronaldo who has fitness issues.
Players To Watch Out for
Atletico Madrid- Antoinne Griezmann
He has been absolutely fantastic for this team,most times single handedly taking the bull by the horn to lead them to glory.He has scored 44 goals since arriving at the club two years ago and was crucial for them in advancing to this stage of the championship, scoring vital goals against Bayern munich and Barcelona and he will be hoping to continue his impressive form to lead Atletico Madrid to a revenge battle against their firece rivals.
Real Madrid- Cristiano Ronaldo
What more can i say. He is definately gunning for glory again and will be hoping to be fully fit to inspire his club to victory. His tally of 16 goals in the champions league this season has him at a point noone comes close to and his impressive goal tally of 91 goals makes him the most dangerous player ever in the competition. He has won two champions league trophies and will be looking to win more.
Finally, this game will definately be a very tough game and what else can you expect from a Diego Simeone’s team? Dogged, stubborn,tireless,you just can’t write them off. Realmadrid on the hand are on a good run,winning their last ten matches in a row and although they have kinda struggled in the Champions league, they will surely be up for this game.One interesting positive fact about Realmadrid is, they’ve never lost to Atletico Madrid in European competition in four matches while on the positive side for Atleticomadrid, Diego Simeone has lost just once in his last ten outings against Realmadrid.Fact is we can’t wait for this finals and hopefully, we will be served an awesome 90 or 120 minutes of football and yeah, may the best side win.