When does the Champions League final kick off? Real Madrid v Atletico match preview
A look ahead to the UEFA Champions League Final in Lisbon
Monday 19 May 2014
When is kick-off?
On Saturday the 24th of May at 7.45pm the cities of Lisbon and Madrid will be grind to a halt as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid contest the 59th UEFA Champions League Final at the Estádio da Luz, the home of Benfica.
An all-Spanish final has happened once before in 2000 when Real Madrid defeated Valencia 3-0 but never has a final consisted of two teams from the same city. For Atletico this will be their second ever Champions League Final and they will be looking to atone their previous defeat against Bayern Munich at the Heysel Stadium in 1974. After a 1-1 draw, they were annihilated in the replay 4-0.
From a statistical viewpoint, Atletico will arrive in Madrid's shadow, however, both are worthy finalists with Atletico having taken the 2014 La Liga title after a draw with Barcelona last Saturday. Diego Simeone, already having overseen an incredible transformation of Atletico, is just one win away from arguably one of the greatest single-season feats ever accomplished by a manager.
While Atletico look to lift the trophy for the first time, Carlo Ancelotti's Real have their hearts set on ending a never ending 12-year wait to become the first club to achieve double figures in European Cup wins. A win for Real Madrid will see Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player at £86m, achieve a Copa del Rey and European Cup Double in his debut season in Spain.
Real's Jese will not be available due to his long-term knee injury and Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema face a race to be fit with calf, hamstring, and groin injuries respectively, while Xabi Alonso is suspended. Arda Turan, Christian Rodriguez and Diego Costa all have hamstring niggles and are all questionable for Atletico's line-up.
Past Three Meetings:
Atletico Madrid 2 (Koke, Fernandez) v Real Madrid 2 (Benzema, Ronaldo), Spanish Primera Liga, March 2014
Atletico Madrid 0 v Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo 2), Copa Del Ray, February 2014
Real Madrid 3 (Pepe, Jese, Di Maria) v Atletico Madrid 0, Copa Del Ray, February 2014
Real Madrid have been in 12 previous finals winning 9 and losing 3.
The last time Real Madrid lifted the Champions League Trophy was back in 2002 when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Hampden Park in Scotland.
Real Madrid have a goal per match average of 3.08, a full goal more than Atletico Madrid with 2.08.
Atletico Madrid have never won a UEFA Champions League Title.
From 31 meetings, Atletico have won only 9.7% of the time, in stark contrast, Real Madrid win 80.6% of the time.
TV: Live coverage on ITV (HD) and Sky Sports 1 (HD)
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