This year’s Champions League showdown is a repeat of the 2013-14 final with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid trying to recreate the memorable final from couple of years ago.
Coming in to the game, both teams are hurting after losing the La Liga title to Barcelona and their season hinges on this one game and whether they are able to end their campaign with the Champions League trophy.
Ahead of the massive kick-off, we take a look at four reasons why Real Madrid will be the Champions League winners for 2015/16 season.
Zinedine Zidane’s tactical edge
Since taking over at Bernabeu, Real Madrid players have responded well to his methods and have played some fluent football. Zidane would want to win the trophy as a manager after lighting up the 2001-02 final with an unforgettable overhead volley against Bayer Leverkusen.
Zidane’s mindful substitutions have been a key factor to Real’s success this season and he would want to pull off one more tactical genius later tonight to win the Champions League for his team.
Players coming off the bench
Los Blancos will have the liberty of calling on the likes of Isco, Jese and James Rodriguez if the game is going against them. Options will be aplenty for Zidane to change things during the course of Champions League final. Same cannot be said about Atletico and that is where Real will hold the advantage over their local rivals.
Form of Ronaldo and Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again scored in excess of 50 goals this season. Following him, Gareth Bale has developed in to a phenomenon this season under Zinedine Zidane.
With Ronaldo and Bale manning Real Madrid’s wide areas, it would be very difficult for Atletico to contain their attacking plays. On their day, these two will be enough to take the game away from Atletico, like they did back in 2014.
Casemiro’s presence in midfield
For all their flair play going forward, Zidane’s best tactical move has been to include Casemiro at the heart of Real Madrid’s midfield. He has acted as the rock with Luka Modric and Toni Kross being the creative forces.
Casemiro can go toe-to-toe with Atletico’s combative style of play and be the key man for Real to go on and win this season’s Champions League final.