Team news, TV info, Possible line-ups and more before the showdown at the San Siro.
- This year’s final is a face off between city rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
- The game is a repeat of the 2014 final which saw Real Madrid emerge as champions after extra time.
- Left Field Sport brings you this handy guide to this weekend’s action.
When it comes to rivalries it doesn’t get much bigger than facing off against your neighbours in a major cup final and this Saturday, that is exactly what we have on our hands.
This however is not the first time these two European giants have met at this stage. Real and Atletico met previously in the Champions league final back in 2014, an intense meeting which saw Real pushed to their limits, but at 1-0 down they were eventually rewarded by Serigo Ramos in the 93rd minute, forcing the game into extra time.
Real came alive in extra time and the tired legs of Atletico really started to show, with the game ending 4-1 to Los Blancos.
Two years on, who will emerge as champions at the San Siro?
How do the managers feel?
Zinedine Zidane: ‘There’s pressure but I like that. I will approach this with patience, tranquillity and determination. We’re going to play a final: everyone who likes football wants to have the feeling of living a final with their team.’
Diego Simeone: ‘There is no such thing as revenge in football, or in life for that matter, just new opportunities. “Revenge” is a negative word, because it harks back to a defeat; on the other hand, “opportunity” is about optimism, confidence and what’s to come, and that’s what we want to show in the Champions League.’
With Cristiano Ronaldo limping off at the weekend both Zinedine Zidane and the Madrid faithful will have been full of worry regarding the fitness of their star man. Cristiano however, has assured everyone that he is fit and ready for the final by stating:
‘I am fine. I had a little problem in training, a dead leg but I will be fine’ Ronaldo said. ‘It was a minor scare, a knock.’
Raphael Varane is one man who will definitely be missing the action as he has been ruled out Euro 2016. He suffered an injury to his hamstring in training.
Possible team sheet:
Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
This is arguably Zidane’s strongest available team who will look to put this game to bed early.
Diego Simeone is usually a lively character, however this week he has a calm and relaxed look about him as he looks to pull off an upset this weekend. Atletico are a force to be reckoned with but Real still have the edge when it comes to the quality within the team.
The last time these two met there were several issues that perhaps stopped Atletico from dominating the game further, such as Diego Costa having to leave the field due to a pre-existing hamstring issue, as well as Ardu Turan being ruled out of the whole game.
This time round there are no issues in the Atletico camp and Simeone can take his pick from a fully available squad.
Possible team sheet:
Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis, Niguez, Gabi, Fernandez, Koke, Torres, Griezmann.
Can Fernando Torres keep his form and show shades of his former self to help Atletico lift the trophy?
How can I watch the game?
The final is being held in Milan at the San Siro stadium, the home of AC and Inter Milan. Now if you have tickets or live in Milan then great! You can of course enjoy the atmosphere in person. If you’re a resident of the UK however, and are looking for ways to view the game, there are some alternatives.
BT Sport purchased the rights to the UEFA Champions League and as a result this final is only available on their channel. This was until they realised that less and less people were tuning in as the idea of paying more for a few games a year did not sit well with customers.
This is why BT Sport have decided to stream all finals on YouTube for everyone to view. They have streamed a few finals already and so that decision looks to be here to stay. Coverage will begin at 7pm.
ITV will be showcasing the game’s highlights from 11:55pm.