When Real Madrid decided to sack Rafa Benítez and replace him with Zinedine Zidane, who only had experience coaching Castilla, nobody expected Los Blancos to reach the Champions League Final. Madrid lost 2-0 in Wolfsburg and even less people expected Los Blancos to reach the Champions League Final. And yet here they are, one game away from their 11th title.
Atlético Madrid have had a remarkable season, with players like Griezmann, Oblak and Saúl getting all the headlines. They are a better squad than the one Real faced in Lisbon two years ago, there's no question about it. Simeone still wants to play under a counterattacking mindset but his men have learned to keep the ball more often when needed and they will be a very dangerous threat this night.
It will be extremely important for Madrid to match Atlético's intensity and keep the ball in order to prevent Los Rojiblancos from having many chances. Other than that, this match is anyone's guess.
Location: Estadio San Siro, Milan, Italy.
Kick-off time: 08:45 PM CET, 02:45 Eastern, 11:45 AM Pacific
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Real Madrid projected XI
Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Atlético de Madrid projected XI
Oblak, Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis, Augusto, Gabi, Saul, Koke, Griezmann, Torres.
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