18:45 GMT 10 May 2017
It’s the second-leg of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-final as current holders, Real Madrid, make the short trip across Spain’s capital to face Atletico. The hosts have a mountain to climb on their own soil as they were beaten 3-0, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, in the first-leg. For any chance of going through at the Vicente Calderon, they’ll need at least 3 unanswered goals. 1 away goal for Real Madrid will mean Atletico need 5 goals.
The Madrid derby has been extremely close since 2013 as of the 12 games played in all competitions, Atletico have 2 wins with Real slightly ahead with 3. This means they have played out an incredible 7 draws in 4 years and another one won’t be a huge shock in this second-leg.
It will need a miracle for Atletico to book themselves a place in this summer’s final in Cardiff but they have scored 3 or more goals on 14 occasions this season in all competitions, which shows they can score the required amount of goals. Without Jose Gimenez and Juanfran in defence, it will be even harder for them to make it through.
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|06.05.2017||LaLi||Atletico Madrid||SD Eibar||1:0||W|
|02.05.2017||UEFA||Real Madrid||Atletico Madrid||3:0||L|
|29.04.2017||LaLi||Las Palmas UD||Atletico Madrid||0:5||W|
|25.04.2017||LaLi||Atletico Madrid||Villarreal CF||0:1||L|
|22.04.2017||LaLi||Espanyol Barcelona||Atletico Madrid||0:1||W|
It should be a fairly routine victory for Real Madrid but Zinedine Zidane will want his side to score as many goals as possible just to pile the misery on their local rivals. If they get the first goal, the floodgates might open at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico will be forced to throw everyone forward in hope of coming back into the game. Latest matches: Real Madrid
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It will be almost impossible for Atletico to go through against this extremely strong Real Madrid and they will probably even struggle to beat them on the night with a lack of motivation to overturn such a big deficit. Their home fans will be right behind them but it won’t be enough for Diego Simeone’s men as Real Madrid will march on into the final at the end of May.
10 May 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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