Champions League: CR7 would want to make trip to Lisbon count

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 17:50

Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha

New Delhi: Real Madrid face local rivals Atletico in an all Spanish final in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Real are looking to win their La decima and forward Cristiano Ronaldo knows the importance of the tie. The final is going to be played in Portugal`s Lisbon and the occasion couldn`t have come at a better time. Lisbon is Cristiano Ronaldo`s familiar ground as he started his playing career with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon before going to Manchester United.

This season`s leading Champions League scorer, Ronaldo, knows the impetus of La Decima and the feel of winning the title in his own country.

Ronaldo, who hasn`t been part of the team in the last few games with a thigh injury, looks all set for Saturday`s grand finale. He missed Tuesday`s training alongside Gareth Bale and Karim benzema.

With Ronaldo factor looming over Atletico, the latter are in a tough situation with injury problems to Diego Costa and Arda Turan. The Spanish League winners are looking to complete the double after pipping Barcelona for the La Liga honour last Saturday. Diego Simeone`s side doesn`t have a fancied line-up and neither a depth in their bench strength, but they have defied all odds to do the extra-ordinary this term.

Come Saturday and Lisbon is all set to witness Madrid derby on European soil. A much fancied star-studded Real Madrid against working class Atletico looks to promise a tough battle. Just that Ronaldo will hope his team comes out as winners over their local rivals.

First Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 17:54

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