Author: Ashley Perry
2016/17 Champions League
Published: 08:50 26/05/2016
Atletico are organized and relentless whereas Real are free scoring and finding their feet again under Zidane
William Hill are offering 18-1 on a 2-2 draw
Up until two years ago, the Champions League/European Cup had never seen two teams from one city in the final. Now, the two Madrid teams will be battling out again.
Two years ago Atletico Madrid took European football by storm, charging their way into the final and only seconds away from lifting the trophy Real defender Sergio Ramos equalized deep into injury-time to force extra-time which turned into a 4-1 romp.
Atletico have beaten Real seven times in the last three years and in every competition, except one, the trophy the two teams will fight over next week in Milan. Last year they were sent out at the Quarter-Final stage by their city rivals.
Moreover, this is not the naïve finalists of two years ago when a certain Diego Costa was selected to play even though he was injured and came off after nine minutes.
Atletico are the team to have beaten arguably the best sides in the world in Barcelona and Bayern Munich on the way to the final so they have honed their skills of thwarting their opponents.
Real are in excellent form since Zinedine Zidane took charge and almost pipped Barca to La Liga. He has given his forwards more freedom and they have racked up the goals, and Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have scored 98 goals between them so far this season.
The two teams are perhaps best represented by their respective managers playing styles. Simeone was a tough and relentless defensive midfielder, while Zidane was the midfield artist who made playing look easy and effortless.
The two styles are working well for each team, but which one will win out on Saturday?