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We’re all set for a cracker of a match as two sides from the same city will meet in the Champions League final for the very first time later today
The Madrid pair of Real and Atletico will go head to head, vying to win their second trophy of the season.
Real Madrid thrashed the holders Bayern Munich in the semi-finals, winning 4-0 in the Allianz Arena to book their place in Lisbon.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have beaten German sides in all three knock out rounds to make the final, beating the likes of Schalke and Dortmund prior to Bayern.
As for Atletico, they came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final, to set up the all Madrid affair.
Amazingly in their 12 Champions League matches this season, Atletico Madrid have conceded just six goals!
Having won the La Liga title on Saturday, Atletico Madrid will be full of confidence, as they look to win their first Champions League title.
The pair have already met four times this season, with Real Madrid winning twice, although both were in the Copa del Rey.
Diego Simeone’s men have got the better of Real in La Liga, winning 1-0 at the Bernabeu, thanks to a Diego Costa goal.
The last time they met in a final was last season’s Copa del Rey, which Atletico won 2-1 amazing at the Bernabeu!
Tournament previous best
Real Madrid – Winners (9) 1956; 1957; 1958; 1959; 1960; 1966; 1998; 2000; 2002
Atletico Madrid – Runners Up (1) 1974
Tournament’s top scorers
Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo 16 goals
Atletico Madrid – Diego Costa 8 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have both recovered from injuries and will start on Saturday.
The pair were excellent in Madrid’s 4-0 win at Bayern, with their pace on the counter attack breathtaking.
Although they won’t be given the same space on Saturday, Ancelotti is certainly happy to have them both.
Xabi Alonso’s needless yellow card in the win at Bayern has ruled him out of the final, with Asier Illarramendi set to replace the former Liverpool man.
The Portuguese defender Pepe is a real doubt for Real Madrid and early reports suggest Raphael Varane will start.
As for Atletico Madrid, they have big fears over Diego Costa and Arda Turan, who both went off in Saturday’s draw with Barcelona.
Costa looks set to make the unlikeliest of recoveries, after being ruled out of the final as recently as Monday.
The striker has trained with the side and looks likely to start, in what could be his last game for the club.
As for Turan, he looks set to shake of the injury that forced him off against Barcelona and will be deployed out wide.
David Villa will start if Costa fails to recover in time, however he looks set for a place on the bench, if the side Simeone started against Chelsea is anything to go by.
Expected starting XI’s
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Di Maria, AI, Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale
Atletico Madrid (4-5-1): Courtois; Juan Fran, Miranda, Godin, Felipe Luis; Turan, Koke, Tiago, Raul Garcia, Gabi; Diego Costa