Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Stream, TV Info, Kick-off Time, Prediction

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Stream, TV Info, Kick-off Time, Prediction
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The Champions League final witnesses its first derby match to decide who the kings of Europe will be, as Real Madrid take on their neighbours Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Atletico are the new champions of Spain after their dramatic final-day draw against Barcelona sealed the title.

The Galacticos were in touch with Atletico until the last few matches of the season but fell at the final hurdle. They will be hoping to end the Vicente Calderon-based team's year in disappointment and claim yet another Champions League title to clinch La Decima.

Here is how you can catch all of the exciting action this weekend:

 

When: Saturday, May 24, at 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

Where: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal.

TV: Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / ITV / ITV HD (U.K. only) / Fox (U.S. only)

Live Stream: Sky Go / ITV Player (U.K. only) / Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S. only)

 

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo Reign Supreme?

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It is six years since Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored in a Champions League final for Manchester United, when the Red Devils lifting the trophy in Moscow against Chelsea. 

Ronaldo finally has another chance to repeat that success as he and his Real Madrid team-mates face the bitterest of enemies.

Atletico Madrid are the new champions of La Liga and even though they may be without prolific striker Diego Costa, they will be an immense challenge to get past.

But Ronaldo is the key in this fixture, and the current Ballon d'Or holder will be looking to top off his year with the European Cup in his hands.

CR7 has had yet another blistering season: In his 40 La Liga and European matches this year he has smashed an extraordinary 47 goals, per WhoScored.com.

In the process, he has broken the Champions League goalscoring record for a single season, with 16 strikes, per BBC Sport.

If he plays his best football on Saturday evening, he will further add to his tally and will break Atletico hearts.

There had been concerns about the player's fitness heading into the final but Ronaldo recently said, per Tom Sheen of the Mail Online:

I feel good but still not 100 percent. I hope to be ready for Saturday. It is my first day out on the pitch and I feel OK and happy.

Playing during the week and weekends means it is normal that the body has a negative response. Unfortunately I have had a few problems but if you look around Europe the same thing is happening and players are getting injured.

Nobody wants to miss a final, a final we have been aiming for and it is obviously important. If the body can't do it then it is not the end of the world but I will be there, I am confident.

Ronaldo has now overtaken Lionel Messi as the best player in the world, and it has taken the attacker many years to achieve that goal.

It is amazing to think Madrid have only come third in their domestic league with Ronaldo in the box seat for Carlo Ancelotti's side, but the Champions League trophy would be more than just a consolation prize.

It is a competition that Real Madrid are obsessed with as a club and this generation of Galacticos will want to make their mark on history, and be remembered by their supporters as one of their great line-ups. 

 

Prediction

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In years gone by, the result in this fixture would have been a forgone conclusion, with the royal occupants of Madrid taking the spoils.

But this match could go either way.

The Guardian reports that Costa is in a desperate battle to make the final after injuring himself in the final game of the La Liga season, against Barcelona. 

Diego Simeone is quoted saying of Costa's participation, on Monday: "The week has just started, there are still some days until we have to decide. It's still early."

With this in mind, it is difficult to pick Atletico as the winner if they are without their primary goal threat. They still have the excellent David Villa to replace Costa but they will be significantly weakened without him.

On Saturday night, Real should have too much firepower and desire to be stopped from once again being crowned Champions of Europe.

Even if Ronaldo does not have his best match, the team has the brilliance of Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria to call upon to get them over the line.

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It will be a tight affair, but captain Iker Casillas is confident, quoted saying by Richard Martin of The Telegraph: "I have been imagining lifting the trophy in these last 20 days (since reaching the final). You can dream about it but the reality is that it’s going to be a very difficult game, decided on the smallest details."

And he is correct. The scoreline will be close with Atletico having such a mean defence. But Real have too much variety and will edge the match, and the white half of Madrid will be celebrating long into the night.

Prediction: 2-1 to Real Madrid

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