Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Champions League 2014 Live Stream and Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 24, 2014

Atletico's Diego Costa, right, in action with Real's Sergio Ramos, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot)
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Europe's footballing masses will watch on with bated breath this weekend in anticipation of finding out who will win Europe's first-ever intracity final.

Real and Atletico have done Madrid no disservice in their respective runs to Lisbon's Estadio da Luz, but all common fealties will be cast aside in Saturday's Champions League final.

Two of Spanish football's biggest powers are preparing to clash on the mightiest stage this continent has to offer, and below we provide all the viewing information to ensure you're there every step of the way. 


Date: Saturday, May 24

Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (U.K., subscription required), ITV Player (U.K.) Fox Soccer2Go (U.S., subscription required)

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), ITV1 (U.K.) Fox (U.S.)


Latest Team News

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Carlo Ancelotti may not be able to hope for perfect conditions heading into Saturday's competition climax, but having two of the three stars that make up his "BBC" frontline isn't terrible fortune.

Striker Karim Benzema is the man in danger of missing out, per BBC Sport, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have each been cleared to feature against Atleti.

The Frenchman joins Pepe on the doubts list, while Xabi Alonso will miss the fixture through suspension. ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan says that is likely to have an impact on the outcome, should all three be absent:

Meanwhile, Diego Simeone's only concerns lie in attack, but what concerns they are. Eurosport confirms that Diego Costa and Arda Turan, each of whom were withdrawn from last Saturday's La Liga title-deciding draw against Barcelona, remain in questionable health. 

Top scorer Costa may be deemed the more difficult to replace of the pair. BBC pundit Mark Bright says that despite Atleti's best efforts to heal his woes, the Spanish international won't be fit to play if it's a hamstring tear afflicting him, as suspected:

That being said, the Mirror's Ed Malyon reports that Costa was training on Thursday:

Missing their striker would be a massive aggravation for Los Rojiblancos, but the positive to take is that their defence, the spine of this season's success, appears fit for the fixture. 


Key Battle

Asier Illarramendi vs. Tiago

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With Alonso out of the reckoning, it seems most likely that Asier Illarramendi will be the man to replace his countryman alongside Luka Modric in Ancelotti's midfield.

However, Sami Khedira, having very recently made his return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, could yet play his way into the side, with Ancelotti quoted by Corrigan giving his assessment on the German:

Regardless of who it is that plugs that space in the engine room, they'll have a formidable task in overcoming the vigilant Tiago, who continues to play a major role at the heart of this Atletico line-up.

At 33 years of age, the playmaker doesn't boast the youth of his Real counterparts, but his intentionally limited approach means that energy is distributed more efficiently as he looks to release the more offensively focused assets around him.

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The likes of Koke, David Villa, Gabi and Turan (should he feature) rely more on Tiago's influence than the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema will on Illarramendi.

The young former Real Sociedad star hasn't quite lived up to expectations since moving to the Bernabeu last summer, but this is his chance to put all past disappointments behind him, with one of La Liga's in-form anchors standing between him and that goal.