For a couple days now, I’ve been thinking about writing a prematch preview of the game but then decided that not much would come out of it. Instead, I decided to go with simply sharing some of my thoughts ahead of this game as well as putting out what I think would be the best starting eleven on the night.
Atletico Madrid come into this game after winning their La Liga match earlier this week 1-0 against Eibar while Real Madrid were also able to come out with a convincing 4-0 win against Granada and rested many key players in the process.
Fatigue isn’t a concern for either teams since both, particularly Atletico Madrid, will have the hope of a ‘remontada’ to drive them in their last European match at the Calderon. They know how difficult a comeback will be after losing the first-leg 3-0 (once again, thanks Cristiano!!) but they also know their strengths and, with Diego Simeone in charge, anything is certainly possible.
Los Merengues go into this game with a magnificent record of scoring in their past 60 matches in all competitions and that alone gives the fans hope that Real Madrid will be able to find the net at least once. Do that and the game is practically over since Atletico will need 5 goals in order to continue their road to Cardiff.
With many people thinking that the fact Los Blancos won 3-0 in the first-leg means that this game is pretty much just a formality cannot be more incorrect. Because of that thinking, the Real Madrid players are at risk of feeling complacent and you cannot afford that against a team such as Atletico Madrid or in fact, any team in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Zinedine Zidane has already voiced his concerns regarding complacency and has warned that the players cannot risk thinking that this game is over before the 90 minutes at the Calderon are over.
Keep this in mind: It only takes one small mistake, a defensive error, a bad back-pass, or even an incorrect call for a penalty, and suddenly Atletico Madrid are only two goals away from creating history against us…
This is a massive game and it’s the final 90 minutes that stands between us and the final to be held in Cardiff, which will be played against the winner of Juventus VS Monaco (game will be played tonight and Juventus won the first-leg 2-0). This is our competition and we need to show everyone why we are the reigning champions. Letting go of a 3-0 cushion is definitely the opposite of that.
My Chosen Lineup:
Nothing really out of the ordinary here as I feel we should stick to what we know best but a couple changes shouldn’t be ruled out.
Now, I know that this isn’t the lineup we’ll end up seeing on the night as players such as Luka Modric and Karim Benzema will be picked but the lineup I have chosen is what I personally feel would be the best choice against an Atletico Madrid side that will come out in full force.