Edition: English | 中文简体 | 中文繁体 Монгол
Homepage > Sports Video

UEFA Champion League: Real Madrid to face Atletico Madrid in Saturday's final

Reporter: Dan Williams 丨 CCTV.com

05-25-2016 16:04 BJT

Real's hopes suffered a blow after Cristiano Ronaldo limped out of training Tuesday although the Portuguese forward claims he will be fit for the final. Real face neighbors Atletico in Milan. Dan Williams spent the day with the ten-time winners in Madrid, where he got some exclusive access with some of the players.

Eyeing up yet another glittering prize, as Real Madrid head to Milan to take on neighbors Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Final. Victory would see the Spanish giants claim an eleventh European Cup. But their hopes appeared to suffer a setback? With star player Cristiano Ronaldo limping out of training?although he himself played down the issue.

"I think it's the season - I'm not sure, but I think it's the season that I've played the most minutes. So I finish the last phase of the season now in good shape, accept the little problem I had in training today. I feel good, I feel prepared, and I'm sure that Saturday I'll be at my best," said Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zinedine Zidane won it all as a player but this is the Frenchman's first senior role as a coach. To win the Champions League would mark an incredible start to his management career. And even he could be excused for having a few pre-match nerves.

"I know the feeling. That's it. I'm going to face it as we must, with calm, dedication, patience, everything. You need a bit of everything. Well play a final that's what we all want. Players, coach, fans, anyone who likes football wants this feeling to play or see their team in a final," said Zinedine Zidane.

Standing in Real's path is a team known for passion and commitment. Atletico Madrid will also be looking for revenge having lost the Champions League final to Real two years ago. Since then, Atletico have only lost this fixture once in the last ten encounters.

"I think we played a lot of times last year, league, cup, Champions League but I think a Champions League final is always special so it is different to a league game. We know they are the same team. And it will be difficult," said Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. 

The turnaround in Real's fortune's under Zidane this season has been impressive. But that will count for little if the team fails at this final hurdle?and ends the season empty handed.

"It is everything for us. If we don't win it, we know the season will be unsuccessful. Two years in a row without a trophy. That's too much for Real Madrid. But we are not thinking this way. We are concentrating 100%. We believe in our quality," said Luka Modric.

On Saturday, for 90 minutes or so, Madrid and much of Spain will come to a standstill. Time will tell whether Real will be celebrating yet another glorious European night or suffering a nightmare at the hands of their neighbors.

Follow us on

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Instagram

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Wechat