Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid Clash In Champions League Final



The Champions League Final takes place this Saturday at the San Siro in Milan, a place that has seen many city rivalries go down between AC Milan and Inter Milan. Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid as the Spanish rivals meet in this game for the second time in three years. Real won 4-1 in extra time two years ago to win their 10th Champions League (or European Cup) trophy, and Atletico would love to avenge that. These two have met a remarkable 15 times over the last three seasons, and Atletico has six wins with five draws. However, Real have eliminated them from Europe in each of the last two seasons, so they have the big-game edge over Atletico.

Why Real Madrid Will Win

The sheer star power of Real Madrid can overpower a lot of teams. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in the Champions League, but Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are capable of taking games over as well. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos can be dominant in midfield and even though James Rodriguez hasn't played a lot under Zinedine Zidane, he can be a difference-maker if they decide to bring him off the bench. Real Madrid's biggest problems come at the back, where they can be shaky. But their offensive power can overwhelm teams and if they get rolling, they're very hard to stop. They're quite healthy as well as only defender Raphael Varane is in danger of missing this game, and he doesn't start.

Why Atletico Madrid Will Win

Atletico isn't afraid of Real and they've proven that with their six wins over these last three seasons. Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres provide offensive outlets for a team that is as good defensively as any in Europe, and then they can score against the run of play. Diego Godin and Juanfran anchor the defense, and Jan Oblak is solid in goal. Atletico is going to harass Real all over the pitch, and they're not afraid to be physical with their rivals, but there lies the problem for this team. They ran out of gas in the Champions League final two years ago, and last season in the semifinals, they went down a man and lost on a late goal to Real Madrid. Atletico has to learn when to scale it back a bit and let Real pass it around the outside, and not go so hard 100% of the time.

Total

If the total is 2.5 as is most soccer games in your sportsbook, the under might be the play. These two have gone under that total in each of their last four meetings. Only three times in their last ten meetings have these two scored more than two goals combined, so it doesn't look like it'll be an offensive showdown, even though there are plenty of players on both sides that can score. Atletico are probably going to play tight defensively and try to hit Real on the break.