Champions League final 2016: What time does Real Madrid vs Atletico start and where can I watch it live?

Everything you need to know about Saturday's match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in Milan 

Simon Rice
Saturday 28 May 2016 12:42
A view of the Champions League trophy
A view of the Champions League trophy


A look ahead to the Champions League final at San Siro in Milan

When is the match and where can I watch it?

The match takes place at the neutral venue of San Siro in the Italian city of Milan, kicking-off at 7.45pm BST. The tie will be screened by BT Sport in the UK, who have also made the tie available on both YouTube (UK only) and their free-to-air Showcase channel. ITV will be screening highlights of the match.

It's a big game for...

CRISTIANO RONALDO: For the greatest players on the planet it is upon these stages they must prove themselves above any other. They are also the matches in which they can cement their legend - just think of Zinedine Zidane's winning goal in the 2002 final. Ronaldo's great rival Lionel Messi has of late been considered the player performing on a level higher than any other - winning the 2015 Fifa Ballon d'Or prize after back-to-back wins for Ronaldo. With victory on Saturday night Ronaldo will put himself in pole position to reclaim the award when it's next dished out. In the build-up there have been fears around Ronaldo's fitness however he's insisted he will be fine to play. Such is the Portuguese player's love of this competition he would probably insist on playing even with a broken leg. He has scored a staggering 16 goals in the tournament so far - one shy of the record (set by himself) of 17. How dearly he'd love to break that.

Ronaldo sparked injury concerns in training during the build-up to the final 

The game in numbers...

These sides may hail from the same city but there is no doubt which is the bigger and more successful of the two. But in recent years Atletico have been the more dominant, a situation reflected by the stat that has seen Real Madrid win just two of the last 12 meetings between the sides. However, ominously for Atletico, both those wins came in the Champions League - in the 2004 final and 1-0 in the 2015 quarter-final. Real Madrid's prowess in the Champions League is overwhelming. This will be their 14th final - 10 of which they've won, including the last four (1998, 2000, 2002, 2014). In contrast, this is Atletico Madrid's third final and they've lost the only two they've appeared in so far.

Gareth Bale will be appearing in his second final in the three years he's been at Real Madrid

Player to watch...

SAUL NIGUEZ: The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been among the most influential players in Diego Simeone' side this season with three goals and two assists in the Champions League this term. His solo goal in the semi-final against Bayern Munich was one of this season's greatest moments. The 21-year-old has recently found himself linked with a £54m move to Manchester United - could this be his final game for Atletico? Real Madrid must also keep a close on on Antoine Griezmann who with seven goals in the competition is Atletico Madrid's top scorer.

Form guide (all competitions)...



Vital information...

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 7.45pm BST

TV: Live on BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Showcase, highlights on ITV

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