Champions League Final 2014: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Records, Key Stats

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Champions League Final 2014:  Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Records, Key Stats
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It is the first time a Champions League final has been contested by two derby clubs as the Galacticos of Real Madrid face off against the new kings of Spain, their city rivals Atletico Madrid.

The Derbi Madrileno will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday and is sure to be the most hotly contested match between the two clubs in history.

Real will be led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has smashed the Champions League goalscoring record this season, per UEFA.com.

Atletico were crowned La Liga champions at the weekend after a draw at the Camp Nou ensured they won the title over the country's two top clubs.

Diego Simeone's working-class club have always had to play second fiddle to their regal neighbours in white, and this is an opportunity for them to have the most glorious night in their history.

 

Records and Key Stats

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Real Madrid have won over half of all the derby matches played between themselves and Atletico, achieving a win rate of almost 53 percent, per Footballzz.co.uk, over the many years these sides have been rivals.

Atletico have only managed to be victorious in 24 percent of those encounters, which equates to 48 wins out of 199 derby matches. 

Just under a quarter of these fixtures have ended up as a draw and if this is to happen, we could be left with a dramatic penalty shootout to determine the new European champions. 

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Goals scored in Madrid derbies

As expected due to their win ratio, the Galacticos have a clear advantage when it comes to goals scored in the tie.

Los Blancos have accumulated an impressive 342 goals against their bitter rivals, with the Vicente Calderon team scoring 252 in comparison, per Football.zz.co.uk.

Real's superiority in the past has been etched in history for all to see but Atletico are currently the team to beat from their home shores.

Interestingly, the two sides have only ever met in the Champions League on three occasions. The home team won each of those meetings: Real Madrid scoring two wins and one for Atletico.

SBOBET tweeted an infographic regarding the Champions League final comparing several areas:

The infographic shows that Real Madrid have an excellent average of 3.08 goals per match compared to the Spanish champions' 2.08.

However, it is Atletico who have the more impressive defence, only conceding 0.5 goals per game compared to the Galacticos' 0.75.

On average, it is Carlo Ancelotti's team who score quickest, bagging their first of a match in the 22nd minute. This is compared to Diego Simeone's side who on average score first in the 34th minute.

At the other end of the pitch it is once again Real who have the edge when it comes to conceding the first goal of a game.

They hold out until the 47th minute on average, compared to Atletico's 41st minute.

If this rings true for the Champions League final and Real Madrid lead at half time, as the statistics suggest, this will give Ancelotti a huge advantage on Saturday night. 

 

What Do The Stats Suggest?

Despite Atletico's glorious triumph in La Liga this season, all the statistics point towards a Real Madrid win.

Simeone's team are rightfully known as a defensively mean unit and they will sit and wait for Ronaldo and company to attack.

Even though the stats show that Atletico concede less goals, the Galacticos are proven to be the more dangerous attacking side.

History also dictates that the Santiago Bernabeu team will take the trophy home.

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They have a huge advantage in games won over their local rivals and have proven over the years why they are the capital city's top club.

But this is knockout football, and though they will be without Diego Costa, Atletico will stick to the game plan that has reaped so much success in 2013-14, and they will look for the perfect end to their season.

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