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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Match Preview

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Atlético De Madrid are hoping for a miracle tomorrow, as they welcome La Liga leaders Real Madrid to the Vicente Calderon for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash.

The Red and Whites are teetering on the brink of elimination after Real Madrid handed them a definitive 3-0 drubbing at the Santiago Bernabéu just one week ago but in spite of this virtually insurmountable deficit, there is a sense of hope both within the club and amongst the fanbase as a whole that maybe, just maybe, a comeback might be on the cards.

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Real Madrid outclassed Atlético Madrid in each and every department of the game in the first leg to win the match by 3-0 at the Vicente Calderón, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

Last week’s hammering of 3-0 by Real at Santiago left ATM needing a repeat of their 4-0 win over RM in La Liga in 2015. But this type of things are easily said than done, especially when you are playing against a side who haven’t lost by more than one goal this campaign and have scored in each of their last 60 games in all competitions. So as per the things stand, RM are likely to score a crucial away goal – which would oblige Atletico to win by four goals to reach the final.

After a disappointing match against the Los Blancos, Atlético came back to La Liga to make strong amendments but they could only beat Eibar by a solitary goal. On the other hand, Real Madrid thrashed Granada by 4-0 despite Zidane making nine changes from the squad that beat Atlético so easily.

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No side has ever overturned even a two-goal first-leg defeat in the Champions League semi-finals, but Atlético Madrid can take heart from the fact that they have won 29 of their last 35 European fixtures at the Vicente Calderon. They have managed to keep 10 clean sheets in their last 15 fixtures – conceding only 7 goals in the process.

The goals from Cristiano Ronaldo were a timely reminder that glory and success can be ever so fleeting, and that the football gods who have kindly smiled down on Atlético in the past can be fickle and vindictive.

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The form guide says that it will be difficult, the pundits say that it will be unlikely and the history books say that it will be impossible….yet the question remains:

Can they do it?

Team News

Atlético De Madrid:

Atletico are by the return of defender Jose Gimenez to training. Fernandez and Vrsaljko are likely to miss this match too. It will be interesting to see whether Simeone will include Juanfran in the starting lineup or not.

Real Madrid:

Bale and Carvajal are going to miss this match too. Pepe and Raphael Varane are back but they are most likely to watch this match from the bench.

Date: Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 // Thursday, 11 May, 2017 ( in INDIA, CHINA, JAPAN, INDONESIA, AUSTRALIA )

Time: 18:45 ( G.M.T. ) // 19:45 ( B.S.T. ) // 14:45 ( E.T. ) // 00:15 ( I.S.T. )

Venue: Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain

TV Details: Canada – Bell TV // United States – Fox Sports 1 // Brazil – TV Globo Esporte Interativo // United Kingdom – ITV, BT Sports 2, News UK // France – beIN Sports, Canal + France // Russia – Match TV // Arab Countries – beIN Sports // Australia – beIN Sports // Indonesia – beIN Sports // Japan – SKY PerfecTV // India – Ten Sports.

Live Stream: BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (U.S.), Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S.)

Likely Line-ups

Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Luis; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gamiero

Real Madrid: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo

Head to Head

  1. Matches ( all competitions ): 216
  2. Atlético Madrid: 54 wins
  3. Real Madrid: 109 wins
  4. Draws: 53 matches