Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 10 May 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Their 3-0 defeat at Santiago Bernabeu has left Atletico with a mountain to climb, but given how things have come, at this point, they really have nothing to lose. The least they can try do is beat Real, and try ‘scare’ them as much as possible, by winning 2-0 for example, even 10 or 15 minutes from time. The fact that last weekend Atletico had to play with their best possible team to beat Eibar 1-0, is not helping their cause. They won alright, they practically secured a top three finish, they are five points above fourth-placed Sevilla with just two games remaining, but Simeone would have loved to have the luxury to rest some players ahead of their game against Real. Centre-back Jose Jimenez and right-back Juanfran trained with the rest of the group on Sunday, and should be available for this game, which will be the last ever at Vicente Calderon in the Champions League, since next season Atletico are moving into their new home.
Atletico played on Saturday afternoon with a full squad to beat Eibar. A couple of hours later, Real Madrid beat Granada 4-0 away from home with Zinedine Zidane resting almost half a dozen players, some of Real’s most regular ones, so as to have them as fresh as possible in this game. Real know they need to commit suicide to not qualify for the final, but they prefer to be safe rather than sorry. Zidane has Varane at his disposal, he trained without problems these last days, but Carvajal and Bale continued to train separately from the rest of the group. Ronaldo, Kroos and Modric are three of the players who didn’t travel to Granada last weekend, but James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata were both fantastic, scoring twice each, ‘telling’ Zidane he can count on them more than what he has done so far.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Stats
After the lost Champions League final in 2014, Atletico started building an impressive record when hosting Real Madrid, they had three consecutive wins without even conceding a goal, but in 2015 Real finally got an 1-1 draw, and last November Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to give ‘Los Blancos’ a huge 3-0 win at Vicente Calderon.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Prediction
I admire Atletico for everything they have achieved these last years, but in this specific game I don’t even see them win, let alone perform a historic comeback which they need to qualify.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Tips
I’m going with a Real Madrid win, at 2.62, counting on them to score first, and totally shatter Atletico’s determination to fight for the comeback.