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Atletico's injuries could give Real Madrid an edge in semis

Atletico's injuries could give Real Madrid an edge in semis

Victory also kept Real on course to become the first side to retain the Champions League in 27 years.

Simeone's side have struggled to keep pace in La Liga this season, but have the flawless plan for knock-out Champions League football. The first game will see a Madrid derby as Real Madrid host their across town rivals, Athletico Madrid.

This is what Atletico fans used to refer to their club and it loosely translates from Spanish as "the cursed ones". Another year without the league title would give the team its biggest drought since the 1980s. By contrast, Real Madrid are rather more unsure of themselves and what they are - not that it has stopped them excelling in Europe. The Catalan club is ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker, but Madrid has a game in hand.

Real have done just enough for weeks now in both La Liga and the Champions League, we expect that to continue on Tuesday evening. 'We need to do everything well tomorrow. They will be tough to stop, but their opponents themselves looked as tough to beat as ever, crushing Leicester's fairytale to win their quarter-final 2-1 overall.

Zidane enjoyed a star-studded playing career, winning the World Cup and Champions League, but wishes he had enjoyed the thrill of scoring goals as much as his star attacker and namesake Ronaldo Nazario, his former Santiago Bernabeu team-mate.

Both sides will be without key men for the clash on Tuesday.

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

Monaco played its best French league match in a month to win 3-1 against a well-organized team.

It is also the fourth season in succession that the teams have met in the knockout phases of the tournament, with Atletico yet to come out on top against their rivals during that run as they seek to reach the final for the second straight year and win the trophy for the first time in their history. It is fighting Sevilla for third place, but its focus is exclusively on eliminating Real and getting another shot at the European title that has eluded the club so far.

Zidane has looked like a veteran, successfully getting the most out of his players at the most hard moments. As for the game on the road, the Simeone team did not lose once in a foreign field in 2017, a unbeaten series of "athletes" consists of 14 meetings, won and played a draw of 7 matches in that time.

Chances were few and far between, but Ronaldo scored his second of the night after a pass from Karim Benzema with 17 minutes remaining.



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