Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

The first leg of the Champions League semi-finals begin today, May 2, 2017 as Tuesday's encounter sees Real Madrid welcome city rivals Atletico Madrid to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid boss Zinedane Zidane insists his side are not favorites in the tie.

The Frenchman saw his side defeat Bayern Munich 6 - 2 on aggregate in the quarter-final while Diego Simeone's Atletico defeated Leicester City 2 - 1 on aggregate in the previous round.

Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

Atletico defeated Leicester City in the previous round

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Madrid ended Atlético's hopes in past three seasons, twice in final (2014 and 2016) and the 2015 quarter-final.

Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

Real Madrid won the title last year defeating Atletico in the final

The Spanish side will be without forward Gareth Bale (calf) and Pepe (ribs) but the European Champions are unbeaten in 14 European games (W9 D5).

Madrid are through to their seventh consecutive UEFA Champions League semi-final, a competition record. It will be their 12th semi-final appearance in total, also a record, one more than Barcelona.

Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

This is Real Madrid's seventh consecutive semi-final

The Merengues have won five UEFA Champions League semi-finals – and went on to win the trophy on each occasion.

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Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid v Atlético

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Out: Bale (calf), Pepe (ribs)

Atlético: Oblak; Hernández, Godín, Savić, Filipe Luís; Ñíguez, Koke, Gabi, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro.

Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

Atletico will look to Griezmann for inspiration

Out: Juanfran (hamstring), Giménez (adductor), Fernández (knee)

Doubtful: Vrsaljko (knee)

Source: Sports.naija.ng

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