The time period “endure” is a really Spanish one, used to explain one’s existence when below strain and being put by a grind. Actual Madrid know that going through Atletico Madrid entails precisely that. For Atletico, they know that each sport of theirs includes precisely that.
However greater than something, these groups know one another.
On Saturday at San Siro in Milan, Italy, Actual Madrid and Atletico meet as soon as extra within the remaining of this season’s UEFA Champions League. After the battle within the 2014 finale on the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon between these metropolis rivals, to many that is the sequel, Half Two. However it’s so far more than that.
Because the 2013 Copa del Rey remaining, the day the complexion of this derby was turned on its head, these groups have met a scarcely plausible 16 instances in three years. Saturday makes it 17.
Certainly, it is onerous to recall two European finalists so acquainted with each other, and it is equally troublesome to work out to whom that fingers the sting.
For Atletico, their suffocating three-year maintain over their neighbors domestically might be a supply of consolation as they strategy this remaining, and but, within the Champions League, there’s one thing about Actual. They determine with it and it defines them, lighting one thing inside them. Going through Actual in La Liga is one factor; dealing with them in Europe is one other fully.
And Atletico comprehend it.
Atletico positively have modified in that point, significantly extra so than their opponents. Although the id of the staff stays the identical—”you must decide your self up, maintain inventing your self, change the gamers however not change the dedication, the values, the work,” stated Simeone at his pre-match press convention—now they’re higher and just a little extra dynamic. Together with the defensive power, they’ve extra methods of injuring you.
The Frenchman, although, insists there are not any favorites regardless of his facet’s livid late-season run. “It is 50-50,” he stated. All week, Atletico’s gamers have repeated the identical message.
They’re in all probability proper; this ultimate seems to be extremely tight.
Date: Saturday, Might 28
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. EDT/eight:45 p.m. native
Venue: San Siro, Milan
TV Information: BT Sport (UK), Fox Sports activities (U.S.)
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