Real will attack Atletico despite Champions League tie lead - Zidane

- Madrid v Juventus will be eighth European Cup final fixture to be played twice, and the fourth in the Champions League era (also Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, Barcelona v Manchester United, Liverpool v Milan).

"That will allow us to be in the game as long as possible", insisted Simeone on the threat of a Real away goal that would force Atletico to score five. "It has just been an terrible time for injuries", he told the La Liga Weekly podcast.

"After eight or nine months the players have worked with incredible professionalism, but we have to keep showing that every three days".

"Hopefully that will be repeated", Atletico captain Gabi Fernandez said on Tuesday.

A 3-0 win by Atletico on Wednesday would send the game into extra time and, possibly, a penalty shootout.

"It's up there with the most complete squads we've had", said Sergio Ramos yesterday. We are a side who depend on the team; Real Madrid are a side who depend on individuals and individuals can just have their moments.

The preview of the Champions League derby has been overshadowed by reports in Spain claiming that Real Madrid are ready to make a shock move to sign left-back Theo from their Madrid neighbours ahead of the 2017-2018 campaign.

The third force in Spanish football, Atletico also lost to Madrid in the 2015 quarterfinals.

Regardless of the outcome, it should be an emotional game for the home crowd at the Calderon.

An already intense rivalry has reached new levels in recent seasons as under Diego Simeone Atletico's status and ability to challenge Real has grown.

A close-range Isco effort at the end of the second half spoiled a sensational start from the hosts that featured two early goals and matched the fevered atmosphere at the stadium where Atleti have played since 1966.

- Isco scored his first Champions League goal since April 2014 (v Borussia Dortmund), ending a run of 30 games in the competition without scoring.

This game will be the fifth meeting between the two teams in European competition, with Los Blancos having won all four previous ties.

"There's no divine right, we just have to give 100 per cent". We look at the club, how big it is, our fans, those who support us, and we want to achieve the maximum, but we have to prove that we're good enough, starting on Wednesday.

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