Champions League: Atletico Madrid's injury list rises ahead of derby clash

Rufina Vignone
Mag 3, 2017

He already led Atletico to the Spanish league title in 2014, but is still missing the European trophy.

This is Madrid's record seventh straight appearance in the competition's semifinals, and it could become the first team to have a chance to defend its title since Manchester United in 2009.

Real Madrid are finally getting Raphael Varane back on their back line, but Pepe and Gareth Bale are still out, and reserve defender Fabio Coentrao is in doubt. In the upcoming match Madrid, you cannot lose points, plus a thirst for revenge should set up a "creamy" game in which they will win, but I do not think it's big. This does. however, mean that James Rodriguez will once again be benched as there is no plausible way for Zidane to accomadate both of them in his first choice starting XI.

Real Madrid will play Atletico Madrid Tuesday in a Champions League semifinal, 1st leg soccer match Tuesday. And the perennial underdogs, the Rojiblancos, may have fallen behind in the league but remain a risky side and will fancy their chances of upsetting their illustrious neighbours' hopes of a Champions League and La Liga double.

For the first time in many seasons, Ronaldo was rested in several games ahead of the final stretch, leaving him in ideal shape for the last rounds in La Liga and the decisive games in the Champions League. He'll be counted on to work his magic in midweek as well, with Los Blancos facing rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. "They are decisive players". "We know what we've done up until now has been phenomenal, and we are in our best moment of the season emotionally".

With his nifty skills and great speed, Marcelo has helped keep Madrid solid at the back and effective in attack.

And if Madrid wants to take a commanding lead before the second leg, it will be just as crucial to avoid conceding goals, something Zidane's team hasn't been able to do recently. "We're going to have to dig in until the end", Zidane said at Real's post-match press conference. "In the quarter-finals against a team like Bayern Munich, which isn't playing like a team like Videoton, he scored five goals".

Striker Simone Zaza scored first in the fourth minute of the last league game against Madrid, and SportyBet is offering a whooping (11.71) for him to do the same in this game.

"Atletico are a very hard team and the two-legged matches make it even more hard", the attacking midfielder said to Codere Apuestas.

"It's a game we have to focus on - one game at a time, not look ahead - and play well from the first to the 90th minute".

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