Recent rout of Real Madrid boosts Atletico's hopes
08:17, May 11, 2017
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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists the European champions will not be cowered by an intimidating atmosphere as they visit Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon for the final time on Wednesday. Join The Roar from 4:45am AEST for live scores and commentary.
However, Atletico have consistently fallen short against Real in the Champions League.
Atletico were boosted on Sunday by the return of defender Jose Gimenez to training although they are still without right backs Juanfran and Sime Vrsaljko, who they missed badly in the first leg as they struggled to cause Real's defence any problems.
Diego Simeone's men are unbeaten at home in the Champions League knockout stage and have only lost one of their past 22 games at the Calderon.
Manchester City have an open chance of signing Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid this summer, and that's according to the player's agent.
Real Madrid are hoping to become the first side since Milan in 1989 and 1990 to retain the European Cup, although that was before it was transformed into the Champions League.
"I think we've done a very good job until now, but we've got to prove ourselves again, against Atletico, then on Sunday [at home to Sevilla in LaLiga], and then the next week too".
Just like in the past two rounds, the coach is adamant that Los Blancos must play to win on the night if they are to reach the Cardiff final.
This is the fourth season in succession that these city rivals face off in the Champions League knockout phase; Atlético are yet to claim victory during this recent run (D2 L3). The odds for outright victor are very tight with Atletico in the lead by the slightest percentage at 2.62, whilst Real are at 2.70. For years their success has been built from their defensive unit, and there are not many sides that have been able to breach them when they play at their top level, let alone three times in one game. "We started to take control", he told beIN SPORTS. It was a Champions League semi-final against a great opponent and they made things hard for us in their stadium, but our team demonstrated why we have been competing the way we have for so many years. We may have beaten them in two finals but it will still be a different game.
"Those first 30 minutes will be in the history of the stadium and the people", he said. It was a thrilling derby as the rejuvenated hosts attempted to turn the tables.