Our football match prediction:
Last season’s finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face each other at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League semi-finals, first leg. Los Blancos failed to impress in the two-legged tie against Bayern Munich, but they somehow booked their place in the semis of the elite competition. Zinedine Zidane’s men are on a quest to become the first team to defend the Champions League trophy, but they face a difficult task in the two-legged tie against los Rojblancos. Diego Simeone’s troops have defeated the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Leicester City on their way to the semi-finals and, no doubt, they are eager to get their revenge on Real Madrid for the loss in the 2015/2016 Champions League final. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Tuesday’s football showdown and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in the first leg.
Highlighted Player (Kovacic):
Born to Croatian parents in Linz, Austria, Mateo Kovacic spent seven years in the LASK Linz youth academy before joining Dinamo Zagreb, where he showed a great deal of potential shortly after being promoted to the senior squad. The good return of 7 goals in 43 league appearances saw him secure a high-profile move to Inter Milan, where he acted as both holding midfielder and attacking midfielder, during the three years at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. And despite not exactly impressing in Italy, Kovacic was purchased by mighty Real Madrid, where he has been ever since. The youngster is widely regarded as one of Croatia’s most talented footballers at the moment and he has represented the country on international stage since the age of 19. In just three years he managed to make over 25 appearances for the national team, playing at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 finals for Vatreni. Kovavic has yet to be given a real chance to impress at Real Madrid, but he has entire future ahead of him.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy. Los Rojblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.