Diego Simeone has been compared to Jose Mourinho

Champions League final 2014: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'excellent' achievements of opposite number Diego Simeone ahead of Lisbon showdown

Atletico's Diego Godin praises Simeone as 'like a god' as Amcelotti recognises his achievements this season

The midfielder Tiago has readily embraced Atletico’s underdog status

Champions League Final 2014: Any film of underdogs' season 'could only star Burt Lancaster'

Atletico Madrid’s film producer president Enrique Cerezo says if the story of his club’s season was submitted to him he would probably dismiss it as too incredible.


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The former Chelsea midfielder Deco has compared Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid to his FC Porto team that so unexpectedly won the trophy in 2004.

Gareth Bale (right) and his Real Madrid team-mates arrive in Lisbon for the European Cup final

Champions League Final 2014: Gareth Bale keeps cool as history demands Real Madrid finally reach double figures

Having dealt with his huge transfer fee, Welsh star ignores the pressure of winning La Decima against Atletico

Cristiano Ronaldo is returning to Lisbon for the Champions League final

Champions League final 2014 - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: How Portugal, home of Cristiano Ronaldo, is playing a big part in the all-Spanish final

On the approach to Benfica’s impressive Estádio da Luz you cannot fail to be in awe of the Portuguese champions’ fitting tribute to one of football’s greatest players. One of their own, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, or Eusébio as the world knows him, scored over 600 goals in a scintillating 15 year spell for the Eagles. The love and adoration the Portuguese people show towards their greatest sporting son is mirrored in the encased statue sitting yards from the scene of Saturday night’s showpiece event for club football.

Paul Clement is ensuring his Real charges are prepared for all eventualities – including a shoot-out

Champions League Final 2014: Real Madrid coach Paul Clement sets rare English benchmark among Europe's elite

It's been nearly 30 years since an English coach led a team into a European Cup final. On Saturday at the Estadio da Luz there will at least be one on the bench as Paul Clement takes his place alongside Carlo Ancelotti for Real Madrid.

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Champions League Final 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo heads back to Lisbon hoping to reverse final misery

Defeat to Greece in 2004 saw Portugal become the first host nation to lose a Euro final, but the Real Madrid star hopes to put that right against Atletico on Saturday
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Luis Enrique appointed Barcelona manager: Club hopes the success stories of Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff return

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Thibaut Courtois admits his future is 'unclear'

Thibaut Courtois future: On loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper will have talks with parent club Chelsea next week

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Diego Costa is a major doubt for the Champions League final

Champions League final 2014: Atletico Madrid send striker Diego Costa for horse placenta treatment to aid recovery from thigh injury

Costa faces a race against time to be fit for the all-Madrid final on Saturday

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City rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will meet for the fifth time this season when they run out at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz in the Champions League final on Saturday night.

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PSG called before UEFA's disciplinary board over allegations of racism during Champions League match with Chelsea

Allegations concern 'racism, other discriminatory conduct and propaganda'

Gareth Bale wants to end his season with victory in the Champions League final

Champions League final 2014: ‘Gareth Bale is excited about his first final – and will play’

Carlo Ancelotti has said both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the European Cup final

Gareth Bale, Diego Costa, Arda Turan and Cristiano Ronaldo

Champions League final 2014: Madrid derby could be without its star names as Atletico have major doubts over Diego Costa and Arda Turan while Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale remain questionable

Diego Simeone admits he needs his players in 'good condition' while Cristiano Ronaldo insists he will take part in the final

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