Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid Prediction
For the second time in three years Atletico Madrid will be out in search of revenge in the UEFA Champions League final which will have a strong Madrid flavour when Real Madrid and Atlético are set to meet at the legendary “San Siro” in Milan. This is actually the sixth one-country UEFA Champions League final which inspires Real Madrid as “The Merengues” have won two of the previous five – overcoming Valencia in 2000 (3:0) and once again their Madrid rivals Atlético only two yeras ago (1:4 after extra-time).
Diego Simeone’s men had really scary route to the final stage but they managed to overcome teams like Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Bayern München in the semi-finals, as their last step towards that cherised aim – deserved chance of lifting the trophy on Saturday night. For the first ever time in Atléti’s history – after the lost finals in 1974 and 2014. Now they’re making third attempt and at the same time second personal for Diego Simeone, whose work is clearly remarkable and his signature at “Estadio Vicente Calderón” in Spanish capital illustrates the development made by “Los Colchoneros” in the last few years. Indeed, Simeone’s dedication as a player and also as a manager pretty much explains the desire of his players to fight for every part of the field and Atletico became one of the very solid clubs not only in Spanish La Liga, but on the major continental scene. Their second Champions League final in only three years is the perfect support of our thesis that Diego Simeone’s side is one of the most well-organized and passionate teams in Europe, although they play on the edge in certain circumstances.
Real Madrid, meanwhile had comparatively easier path to the 2016 UEFA Champions League final, but however, Zinedine Zidane shows that he can control the locker room at “Santiago Bernabeu” and that his players are tightly behind him. Zizou has one remarkable chance to open one new chapter in his phenomenal career not only as a player, as when he lifted Real Madrid’s ninth Champions League trophy back in 2002, he surely wasn’t thinking for the potential opportunity of winning the same accomplishment as a coach 14 years later. Well, fourteen years are surely a period, but that time has passed and now the legendary French midfielder must find the most adequate way to counter Diegom Simeone’s approach.
Real Madrid overcame teams of AS Roma, VfL Wolfsburg and Manchester City and the most vital moment in the knockout phase run of “Los Blancos” was in the quarter-finals. Only some weeks ago Real Madrid was in losing position after their first quarter-final leg against Wolfsburg, when “The Wolves” showed teeth and won the relevant game with 2:0. However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort was a joy to behold and that hat-trick he scored in the corresponding encounter on Spanish turf was brilliant.
One thing is sure, both clubs somehow regret from the missed chance to win something on the domestic scene. Athletic Bilbao can boast with the Spanish Super Cup trophy for few more months, while Barcelona won both major trophies at the end of season 2015-2016, when Barca won the first position in Primera Division, as well as the Spanish Cup – Copa del Rey. Thus both Madrid clubs have one last chance to scoop something at the end of the season and one of them will bring the Champions League trophy back to Spain for another year.
Since losing in extra-30-minutes during the Champions League final in 2014, Atletico are unbeaten in 10 games against their Madrid rivals but they still have one of those meanest scorelines in Europe. Only one season ago Chicharito’s late winner at “Santiago Bernabeu” has promoted Real Madrid in the next stage while Atleti was eliminated from the quarter-finals. Therafter Real Madrid lost from Juventus and that had to justify the followed rotations made on the managerial seat there, which is one of the hottest for sure.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored as many goals in Europe this season than Atletico have managed as a team (both 16), but this comes in a moment when Ronaldo is a doubt before the final. This is going to be sort of a huge test for Madrid and one that may prove too far for Zidane and his side.
The 2016 UEFA Champions League Final: El Derbi Madrileño meets Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – Possible squads, injuries, referee, formations and betting tip
Raphael Varane has been the first one who was ruled out of the Champions League with a thigh injury. French defender is the only player certain to miss the final and he also remains doubtful for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016, as we all know that he’s definitely first team material in the selection of French national team manager Didier Deschamps. Latest rumors are that Varane will miss it, but we’re sure that Zinedine Zidane’s concerns are entirely related with his presence in Real Madrid’s team for the upcoming match of the season. Otherwise Zinedine Zidane can select his strongest squad, though there’re some doubts related with his Portuguese star. That’s right, Cristiano Ronaldo limped out of training on Tuesday as a result of a collision with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. Thus he remains doubtful for the final game, but we all know what a character and fighter he is and Ronaldo certainly doesn’t want to miss that game, which would be a massive blow for Real Madrid’s chances.
Zidane could become the seventh one to win the European Cup, both as player and as a coach, following in the footsteps of glorious names like Miguel Muñoz, Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruyff, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola. As you can see most of these men are more or less related with Spanish football and this shows that the strong position of Spanish football on the European scene is not something new, not at all.
Argentinian head coach of Atletico will most likely stick to the same XI that started against Bayern München and maybe his biggest thoughts are related with one of the centre-back positions and with one in midfield.
In defense Diego Godín looks rock-solid for his starting position and the question is about his most optimal partner – Stefan Savić and Godin’s compatriot José Giménez are the main competitors.
In midfield Diego Simeone can pick between Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Augusto Fernández. If Fernández starts, this will mean that Koke and Saúl Ñíguez will operate through the wings, while if Ferreira Carrasco is in the team, one of the both previously mentioned wingers can be moved in central part of the midfield. Moreover, Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes has made his first official match for more than six months of injury recovery, when he entered as a substitution on Fernando Torres’ place in the closing minutes of the last round in Spanish La Liga (2:0 win vs Celta Vigo).
Atleti’s attack looks strong as well – Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann are both names in form and we all know that they’re a real treat, especially when Torres starts to remind for his good days, at least in particular moments.
Considering the attacking options of both coaches here, we surely believe that betting on “Both teams to score” with the currently suggested betting odds represents great value and we highly recommend it. Medium stakes on a wager that both Madrid clubs will score in the 2016 UEFA Champions League final – Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will Both Score in Milan.
Venue: “Stadio San Siro”, Milan.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg from England.
Possible starting lineups:
Real Madrid: Navas – Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal – Kroos, Casemiro, Modric – Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale. (4-3-3)
Missing players – Raphael Varane is injured, Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Juanfran, Godín, Gimenez, Filipe Luis – Ñíguez, Gabi, Fernández, Koke – Griezmann, Torres. (4-4-2)
Missing players – None.