El Derbi Madrileño, the final has been set. We look at how both Madrid clubs have faired thus far and what to expect in Milan on the 28th of May.
The Red and White half of Madrid
Their style has drawn criticism from some and admiration from others. Centering their game on a well-organized defensive unit and lethal counters has worked well for them. Barcelona failed to break them down, Bayern fell to a well executed counter attack finished by Griezmann. Atletico under Simeone should not be seen anymore as European underdogs, they have over the last four seasons shown that they are more than capable of mixing it with Europe’s top clubs. This second shot at the Champions League is what remains missing in their impressive victories.
A club that was written off in the first half of the season under Rafa Benitez and doomed for failure this season has made a dramatic change this half. Madrid have changed their fortunes and this has been largely a result of a reinstalled self-belief Zidane has brought about to the group. This self-belief and change in their game has brought victories on the field as well. The gamble taken by Florentino Perez in appointing Zinedine Zidane is paying off, the “Zidane Effect” has changed the club’s fortunes and they will back themselves in delivering Undecima
What can we expect on 28 of May in Milan
This is widely seen as part 2 of the 2014 final that Real Madrid won. For Atletico it will be a game with a lot at stake. The Champions league is the one trophy that has eluded them and they will want to get the job done over their bitter rivals. For Real this will be a game that both manger and players have points to prove. For the manager this will be a test of his credentials in his young career, a first shot at a manager trophy. For the players who have tasted victory on the biggest platform they want to prove themselves and bring the most important trophy back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
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