Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid preview

Current holders Real Madrid take a 3-0 lead into their second leg tie of the Champions League semi final against local rivals Atletico Madrid.

In the first leg Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo produced a performance of high quality bagging himself a hat trick to effectively kill the tie.

Real Madrid will be aiming for their 15th appearance in a European Cup or Champions League final.

Tonight’s game will mark the final Madrid derby held at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico move to the state of the art Wanda Metropolitano next season.

Atletico will be looking to pull off a historic result and will need an early goal to set themselves up. Diego Simeone’s men come into this game having won three of their last six games in all competitions.

Atletico’s last game was in a 1-0 win against Eibar with Saul Niguez getting the only goal of the game.

Los Blancos come into this game having won five of their last six games in all competitions.

Real Madrid’s last game was a 4-0 away win at Tony Adams’s Granada with James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata both bagging a brace.

Team News

Atletico will be happy that the likes of Juanfran and Jose Gimenez have returned to first team training in time for the game.

Real Madrid defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane have also returned to first team training ahead of the game. Gareth Bale remains sidelined.

Stats

Atletico Madrid only had one shot on target in the first leg, their lowest tally in a Champions League game under Diego Simeone.

This is the fourth season in a row where the two inner city rivals face each other in the knockout phases in the Champions League.

Atletico have yet to win a knockout tie victory over Real Madrid in those four seasons.

Atletico have won 17 of their 22 home Champions League games under Diego Simeone

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 103 goals in the Champions League, three more than Atletico have ever scored in the competition.

 

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