Madrid and Atletico try to leave rivalry aside in CL semis

Reuters

They are very good at getting the best out of their side. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2. Brazilian defender Marcelo had the victor in the 86 minute.

Holders and 11-times tournament winners Real play host to Atléti tonight in the first leg at the Bernabeu Stadium, ahead of the return fixture on Wednesday May 10. Real's Zinedine Zidane became the seventh man in history to have won the European Cup as a player and manager.

With less than a month remaining of the LaLiga campaign, champions Barcelona lead the table from Real - but on goal difference alone.

"They have caused us difficulties, but so have many teams". But what is usually their strength could be their weakness against Real.

And despite the declarations of the coach and owner, Malaga are a stubborn team for anyone to beat and Real Madrid have not been an exception lately.

The current Champions League is gradually approaching the junction. The ever present midfield trio of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric are likely to be deployed. Another Real Madrid star, Welshman Gareth Bale, will miss the CL semifinals with a left calf injury.

This season, Real Madrid have won 17 points from the 81st minute on, which is 21 per cent of their points.

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With Sime Vrsaljko already out, centre-half Gimenez was filling in at right-back for Juanfran when he was injured.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Hernandez, Godín, Savić, Filipe Luis; Niguez, Koke, Gabi, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro.

When it comes to the Champions League, Real Madrid are completely dominant over Atleti.

Atletico Madrid have kept nine cleansheets in their last 13 matches in all competitions. "It makes me excited to (play to) be in another final, we all want to reach this final but we have to control our emotions to have a flawless game and try and beat Madrid".

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor has seemingly saved his best for Europe's premier competition this season, scoring five of Madrid's six goals in their pulsating quarter-final triumph over Bayern Munich, and he headed the opener after 10 minutes at a raucous Santiago Bernabeu. The team has the best record in the Spanish league, with only 25 goals conceded in 35 games.

While Los Blancos are still in contention for the La Liga title, the margins are very fine and a couple of bad games will see them finish their season empty-handed. The likes of Ronaldo, Benzema and Isco, all have a goal in them, while James and Marco Asensio could come off the bench to wreak havoc in the opposition defence.

Real were handed a big task in overcoming Bayern in the quarters which they managed to do with a 6-3 aggregate scoreline but the second leg saw plenty of controversy owing to poor refereeing decisions.

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