Do you need any more proof that the Spanish La Liga has far surpassed the English Premier League as the top soccer league in the world? The Champions League final is Saturday, May 28, at Stadio San Siro in Milan, Italy, and it’s assured that a La Liga team will win the title for a third straight year. Real Madrid faces off against Atletico Madrid, with Real at +150 on soccer odds and Atletico at +190. The over/under goals is 2.5. A regulation draw is +217. This will be the fourth European Cup/Champions League final hosted at the stadium, following previous finals in 1965, 1970 and 2001.
An In Depth Analysis on the Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Champions League Final Odds
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These two met in the Champions League final in 2014 with Real winning 4-1. Extra-time goals by Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo won a 10th European title for Real Madrid after Sergio Ramos’ last-gasp equalizer had denied Atletico. Atletico took a 36th-minute lead when Diego Godín scored on a header. It seemed that would be enough when the final moved into added time but with two of the five additional minutes remaining Sergio Ramos nodded the equalizer to force extra time. There Madrid ran away with it.
Since there will be an all-Madrid final for the second time in three years, the only one-city finals in the competition’s history, the Spanish capital is guaranteed to become the European Cup’s most successful city with 11 wins. With both their teams in the decider, Madrid will leap from an aggregate 15 to 17 final appearances, taking Milan’s record of 16. In the UEFA Champions League era, Madrid will be celebrating its fifth victory, one more than Milan (whose tally of seven finals the city is matching) and Barcelona. Barcelona won the 2015 Champions League with a 3-1 win over Italian club Juventus.
English referee Mark Clattenburg has been announced as the man who will ref the final. Clattenburg, 41, has been an international referee since 2007. The former electrician officiated the 2012 English League Cup decider and, later that year, the final of the 2012 Olympics.
Atletico advanced with a 2-2 aggregate win on away goals over Bayern Munich. Antoine Griezmann’s second-half strike in the second leg proved enough in a match in which both sides missed penalties.
Real Madrid beat Manchester City 1-0 in the second leg of their semifinals to advance 1-0 on aggregate. Gareth Bale drove into the visitors’ penalty area down the right and his attempted cross took a deflection off the sliding Fernando, looping over Joe Hart and in off the far post for the only goal.
Why is Atletico the favorite? It has beaten Barcelona and Bayern Munich, both on away goals, to reach this point, and has the edge over Real Madrid in league games this season; a 1-1 draw at the Calderon on Matchday 7, and a 1-0 away win on Matchday 26.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone can join fellow Argentinians Luis Carniglia and Helenio Herrera as the only non-European coaches to win the European Cup/Champions League. If they win the Champions League, Atletico will join Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea as clubs to have won the three main European club competitions.