7 things you need to know ahead of the Champions League final

Real Madrid will attempt to win a record 11th European Cup when they face Atletico Madrid in Milan later today.


The Spanish giants are the most successful team in the history of the competition but have beaten Saturday’s opponents just once in their last 10 meetings.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the game.

1. When is the match and where can I see it

Super Sports on DSTV are broadcasting the match at 7.45pm.

2. Team news

For Atletico Madrid, Diego Godin is fit after recovering from a thigh injury while Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is the only player from either team to be ruled out of the match. He has a thigh problem.


3. Reasons for Real Madrid fans to be optimistic

Real Madrid are in fine form going into the match. They’ve won nine and drawn one of their last 10 matches with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema spearheading their attack.

4. Reasons for Atletico Madrid fans to be optimistic

Atletico have lost only one of their last 10 matches against Real Madrid since the 2014 Champions League final.


5. Stars to watch: Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have survived a fitness scare in training and should line up alongside his teammates from the start in Milan.
Although, he’s been criticised this season for failing to stamp his influence on Real Madrid’s most important matches, but he went some way to putting that argument to bed with the winner in April’s El Clasico win at the Nou Camp.

6. Stars to watch: Atletico Madrid

French attacker Antoine Griezmann is Atletico’s biggest threat going forward. The 25-year-old’s record of 32 goals this season is well short of Ronaldo’s tally but his strikes have come at invaluable times for his team. His goals were decisive in Atleti’s quarter-final win over Barcelona and the semi-final success against Bayern.

7. Title

Real Madrid have won the Champions League 10 times as opposed to Atletico, who have never won it.


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