Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid (agg: 0-3) COUNTS DOWN

May 10, 2017

 Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (right)

Atletico Madrid face the near-impossible task of reaching the Champions League final when they meet Real Madrid in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning hat-trick in last-week’s first leg sealed a 3-0 win for Real and kept alive their hopes of becoming the first team to defend Europe’s biggest club prize in the Champions League era.

This season is the fourth time in a row these teams have met in this competition; Real overcoming their local rivals on all three previous occasions, twice in a final and also a quarter-final.

Real Madrid team to face Atletico

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Atletico vs Real Madrid

This is the fourth season in succession that these city rivals face off in the Champions League knockout phase; Atletico are yet to claim victory during this recent run (D2 L3).

The only previous European Cup/Champions League semi-final between the two clubs saw Real Madrid progress through to the final after three legs against their city rivals during the 1958/59 campaign; they went on to lift the trophy

Atletico facing the near-impossible

No team has ever overturned a 3-0 first-leg away defeat in the Champions League knockout stages in five previous attempts, although Barcelona managed the biggest ever comeback in this season’s round of 16 by eliminating Paris Saint-Germain 6-5 on aggregate after a 4-0 first leg defeat.

The badge of Atletico Madrid as kick-off edges closer

PETE JENSON: It would be enough to put a smile on the face of Ricky Tomlinson’s Mike Bassett England manager – Real Madrid are on their way to making Champions League history and they are doing it by playing 4-4-2.

The much-maligned fallback option for the tactically impaired, the so-called archaic system that Tomlinson parodied and that countless England managers have been lampooned for leaning on is exactly what Real Madrid supporters have been calling for, for months.

And with the long-term injury to Gareth Bale it will be what they use on Wednesday night as they try to finish the job they started so impressively last week.

They are so close to becoming the first team to retain the Champions League and if they do it it will be playing 4-4-2 and smothering teams in the middle of the park.

Gareth Bale has been out of action for Real Madrid with a calf injury in recent weeks

Who will come out on top between these two?

There will be a battle between two of the best forwards in world football tonight.

Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid will be looking to send his fans home happy while Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly want to add to his impressive Champions League goals tally.

Over to you, chaps.

 

The stage is set…

Atletico Madrid say ‘adios’ to European football at their Vicente Calderon stadium tonight ahead of their move to their new stadium in time for next season.

But the stage is set in Spain…

A general view inside the ground prior to the UEFA Champions League semi-final

Another view of the stadium ahead of kick off

View of the UEFA Champions League matchball

A view of the UEFA Champions League trophy

Can do they do it?

Atletico Madrid fans are set for an emotional evening tonight; this match against Real Madrid their last ever Champions League fixture Vicente Calderon before they move to their new home next season.

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of this semi-final second leg between Atletico and arch rivals Real Madrid.

The hosts have it all to do following their 3-0 defeat in last week’s first leg, Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick sealing a comfortable victory.

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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