- Posted May 12, 2014 by
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid: Preview of the Champions League Final 2014
The 2014 Champions League final is an all Madrid affair and you can expect the entire game to therefore have an extra bit of bite to it. These two teams really are major rivals and this rivalry has been increased this year thanks to Real finishing below Atletico in the league and basically outplayed over the course of the season. Real Madrid may have made some advances under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, but even he has been surpassed by the performance of Diego Simeone across the city.
Both teams have had a tough time to get to this final, but they both performed admirably in the semis with Real being clinical in their disposal of the reigning champions Bayern Munich, and who can forget their superb performance in Germany? Atletico on the other hand were busy defeating Chelsea 3-1 in London after a no score draw in the first leg. Considering they also put out Barcelona in the quarter finals it is clear to see that they are in great form coming up to the final itself.
So with the game itself the bookmakers like TopBettingReviews.com have Real as favourites as you would expect thanks to their experience at this level and Cristiano Ronaldo is also being touted as the favourite to be the first goal scorer and who could argue against that? However, you just need to remember that Atletico edged the head to heads this season thanks to losing 1-0 and drawing 2-2. Does that mean that Atletico have the measure of them? Maybe in the league, but this final is completely different and with the pressure that is on them you do have to favour Real over the course of the 90 minutes.
In the Champions League itself it is worth noting that Atletico are actually undefeated and have also conceded just six goals. Their defensive unit have also been impressive during the league and a lot of that can be put down to their outstanding goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois who is on loan from Chelsea. This feat is impressive, but so is the fact that they have also scored 24 goals, but they have been impressive all year in both midfield and upfront with the likes of Villa being reinvigorated, Costa, and Raul Garcia all contributing to a style of play that really has been fabulous to watch. You should also not expect that style to change in this final although they will be more cautious to begin with, thanks to the occasion.
For Real, then we have seen major strides and the likes of Ronaldo and Bale have certainly struck up a great partnership now after a slow start. The team as a whole can counter attack with pace and are masters at sucking in the other team and then getting behind them to break the deadlock, but they will miss Xabi Alonso who had his appeal rejected by UEFA.
So you can ultimately expect the 2014 UEFA Champions League final to be a tight affair and do not be surprised if it ends up going to penalties after neither team being able to break the deadlock. However, a stroke of genius from the likes of Ronaldo, Bale, or Diego Costa could be all it takes, but with the passion generated between city rivals this is going to be a game to remember.