The day has arrived, and time will come to a standstill, when the two giants from Madrid will fight for the coveted trophy in the champions league final.
There is another surprise finalist and he will be none other than referee Mark Clattenburg. He will be running down the pitch at San Siro Stadium, after just one week when he was a referee at Wembley in the FA cup final.
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It will be Zinedin Zidane’s first champions league final as the head coach. The pundits say that the contest will be played more on the chessboard, rather than on the actual field. However, it will all boil down to how the teams execute the plans on the field. No matter what the coach plans, it’s the players ability to implement the plans that will matter in the end.
Zidane is quite optimistic about Real Madrid’s chances in this year’s final. On the other hand, he doesn’t want to put undue pressure on his boys. He says, “Losing doesn’t destroy everything, after all it’s just a game of football in the end.” His USP is simple ‘run, run and run’.
He is confident that the boys have prepared well for this game. Easy victory in the semi-final has followed the pattern very much as it was in the year 2014, when Real Madrid lifted the cup against the same opposition. However, this time around few players are absent from their ranks. Some of the players have left real’s camp, although the core remains intact.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone believes that learning and growing keeps you going not just on the football field, but also in life. He will like to see his team win the battle this time against the arch city rivals, and will not like to take anything less than a win.
The city of Milan will witness a clash of titans, a vengeance game for Atletico Madrid, when Real’s surprise win two years back dashed the hopes of Atletico. Fans from Atletico knows that their team has just lost only once in the last 10 encounters against Real Madrid, which will be a great confidence booster for the players. The one loss that came for Atletico was way back in the UEFA champions league last year.
To add to it, Atletico has won against Barcelona and Bayern Munich on its way to the finals. Atletico will surely like to feel they have one hand on the cup before the game starts at Stadio San Siro.