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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Champions League Final

thumbnailAnother major final comes to our screens this weekend, with Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid poised to go head-to-head in the Champions League. As always, there are plenty of interesting facts associated with this match, particularly with both clubs not only playing in the same domestic division, but the same city as well.

Here, we’ll take a look at our ten favourite facts about Saturday’s final.

1. This is only the fourth occasion where two teams from the same country have competed in the final, and the first that both sides are from the same city.

2. The match is going to benefit the Spanish yet again, with this being the most successful nation in Champions League history. Since the competition was born in the early 90s, it has been won no fewer than six times by a Spanish club.

3. Both clubs have shown promising signs since the initial stages of the tournament after both managed to top their respective groups. In the case of Real Madrid and Group B, Los Blancos dropped just two points after winning five and drawing one of their six games. It was a similar story for Atletico Madrid as well, who recorded the exact same record in Group G.

4. The final is demonstrating that attacking prowess is one of the keys to success in the Champions League. Real Madrid are by far and away the most dangerous team going forward having scored thirty seven goals, while their opponents are next in the charts having bagged twenty five.

5. While Atletico Madrid may lag twelve goals behind their opponents, they do boast a much better defensive record. In fact, they have proven to be the tightest outfit in the competition having conceded just six goals throughout the tournament. Real Madrid in contrast have let in nine goals since their first match.

6. It’s been almost three months since the two clubs met in their domestic competition. That match finished in a 2-2 draw, although Real Madrid came out on top in the Copa del Rey in February after triumphing with a 5-0 aggregate win across two legs.

7. The Spanish league has been dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona for the last decade, although Atletico Madrid ended this streak by clinching the La Liga title at the weekend. Many are suggesting that this could spark a new era for Spanish football, with the Champions League now providing them with a platform to grab an unexpected double.

8. If Atletico Madrid are to succeed they will have to find a way to stop Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has smashed the overall top scorer records by grabbing sixteen goals already in the competition; a feat which has never been achieved before. He has also managed thirty seven goals in his last twenty nine Champions League outings; highlighting how much Real rely on the former Manchester United forward. To put these achievements into perspective, next in the top scorer charts is Atletico’s Diego Costa – with eight goals.

9. Real manager Carlo Ancelloti is also hopeful of etching his name into the record books. He could become just the second manager to lift three European trophies, while this will be the fourth time he has appeared in the Champions League final as a manager.

10. While a lot of the statistics seem to be swaying towards Real Madrid, we shouldn’t forget the fact that Atletico are the only side who have not lost a match in the tournament. Their opponents on the other hand suffered a 2-0 loss to Dortmund in the quarter-finals, although they still managed to progress due to the first leg scoreline.