Grading Atletico vs. Real Madrid Champions League Final Players Head-to-Head

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Grading Atletico vs. Real Madrid Champions League Final Players Head-to-Head
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Continuing B/R's buildup to the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, we've taken a look at each position on the field and asked who wins the head-to-head positional battles.

That creates a number of interesting matchups, pitting Iker Casillas, the (master) against Thibaut Courtois (the apprentice), two Brazilian left-backs against one another and Karim Benzema against Diego Costa.

Real Madrid are expected to play a 4-3-3, so matching them up against Atletico's 4-4-2 can be a little difficult on paper. In this respect, we've shaped los Blancos as they appear when countering from deep (4-4-2-esque), with Cristiano Ronaldo off the front man, Angel Di Maria on the left and Gareth Bale on the right.

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