Real Madrid, Atletico play Champions League derby

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014
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Costa's absence could also bolster Villa's hopes of playing for Spain at the World Cup.

Madrid can count on more experience as Cristiano Ronaldo won the title while at Manchester United and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was part of Madrid's winning teams in 2000 and '02.

Madrid can also draw on the experience of assistant coach Zinedine Zidane, who scored an iconic goal in Madrid's 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in its last Champions League final appearance.

PAISLEY'S RECORD: Carlo Ancelotti has been able to get Real Madrid where Jose Mourinho never could, and now the Italian coach is one win away from matching Bob Paisley with his third European Cup.

Ancelotti, who also won two European Cups as a player, secured the Champions League at AC Milan in 2003 and '07, leaving him on the verge of matching the former Liverpool manager's record number of titles.

"There's no pressure on me, just the joy of living this moment of happiness," Ancelotti said. "A lot of (teams) have to watch this game in front of the TV and we're lucky to be able to play it. I've watched this game on TV a lot of times and I didn't enjoy it."

Diego Simeone could become just the third non-European coach to win the trophy. The only other two were also Argentine — Real Madrid's Luis Carniglia in 1958 and '59 and Helenio Herrera of Inter Milan in 1964 and '65.

DERBY TIME: Saturday's match represents the most important Madrid derby after 194 league and Spanish Cup games.

Madrid has the advantage with 102 victories to Atletico's 46. Atletico only ended a 14-year winless run against Madrid in all competitions last season when it won the Copa del Rey at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Atletico has won and drawn the two league encounters since, while Madrid easily won a pair of Copa del Rey matches against Atletico en route to the domestic cup title.

The pair have met in the European Cup once before — in 1959, when Madrid needed a replay to emerge victorious.

After the two legs finished 2-2, Madrid won 2-1 in Zaragoza to reach the final. But in one-game cup finals, Atletico — which can become the seventh team to finish the competition undefeated — leads the series 4-1.

"There are no secrets for this game," Ancelotti said. "The two teams know each other well."

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