Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick Real Madrid rolled over their local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semis, first leg. Los Blancos proved their worth in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu clash, but they have yet to get their job done in the tie against los Rojiblancos. Zinedine Zidane’s troops rolled over Granada at the weekend and it has to be noted that the French tactician rested his key players in the game against the Andalusian outfit. Atletico Madrid are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but recording a big win over the title holders at their Estadio Vicente Calderon is easier said than done. Real Madrid are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Wednesday’s football match and we predict that the two teams will share the spoils in the return leg. It has to be noted that the two teams played out a goalless draw in their last meeting at Estadio Vicente Calderon in the Champions League.
Highlighted Player (Koke):
Jorge Resurreccion Merodio “Koke” has enjoyed a meteoric rise after coming through the youth ranks at Atletico Madrid, quickly becoming an important player for both club and country. Possessing impressive technical skills and very mature for his age, the highly rated midfielder is capable of covering just about any position in the middle of the park and he has been used as a central midfielder, left winger and right winger by both Diego Simeone and Vicente Del Bosque. Koke has been a key member of one of the best generations in the history of Atletico Madrid, winning the 2013/2014 La Liga trophy and reaching the Champions League final the same year. Widely regarded as one of Europe’s best midfielders, it is only a matter of time before Koke will join an absolute top club and he is believed to be a primary target for La Liga rivals Barcelona. While playing alongside Xavi Hernandez at the 2014 World Cup, Koke is believed to be a worthy successor of the former Catalans star in the national team now that he has retired, and with 20 Spain caps to his name, his international career is just starting.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid are a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 11 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world. Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards. The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).