Champions League: Working class Atletico look to march in Lisbon

By Rajdeep Saha | Updated: May 24, 2014, 18:20 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha

New Delhi: Diego Simeone`s working class side of Madrid are out to challenge the riches of world football in Lisbon on Saturday in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Spanish champions are against their bitter city rivals, Real Madrid, who are targeting a La Decima. Atletico are unbeaten in this season`s Champions League and are eyeing to be the second side after Manchester United to win the title without losing a single game. Simeone`s men pipped Spanish giants Barca for the league honours and ousted the same in the quarter finals of the Champions League. If that was a mouth-watering prospect, a greater role lies in killing Spain`s other giant Real. And the stage couldn`t have been set at a better time.

Atletico doesn`t boast of big names in the side and neither have depth in their bench. The Spanish League title decider saw Arda Turan and Diego Costa get injured and inspite the crisis the warriors saw off Barca. With Costa and Turan most likely to play on Saturday it presents a tough outlook for Carlo Ancelotti`s side. Atletico midfielder Tiago said on Friday that they are going to play with the same approach that have seen them gain so much of success.

On the other hand lies a Real Madrid side that boasts of the world`s two most costliest players, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo along with a star-studded line-up. Real finished third in La Liga and are looking to break a 12-year hoodoo in winning Europe`s most coveted competition. Defender Sergio Ramos stated that they want to win it for the fans who have waited for a very long time.

Lisbon is set to witness one of the biggest European nights and both leaders will have their sides saving their best for the last. Although Atletico`s warriors have looked tired in recent times, they will come out fighting for one last time against one of the world`s best side. No matter which side wins, the trophy is going to stay at home in Madrid.