Los Blancos are tied with Barcelona atop La Liga, and will meet Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the first leg of Champions League semifinal action. This is Zidane’s first full season as Madrid manager, and his team could be headed for their first European double since 1958.
Atletico Madrid have only lost once in Champions League this season, but they’re more than familiar with Zidane and their local rivals. This will be the fourth consecutive year that these teams meet in Champions League play, with two of the meetings occurring in finals. Atletico have been knocked out by their rivals in each of the last three seasons, and manager Diego Simeone will have to shuffle his defense around before the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu.
Three defenders: Juanfran, Sime Vrsaljko and Jose Gimenez are currently sidelined for defensive-minded Atletico. Zidane will likely keep Gareth Bale on the bench, but Varane has recovered from a hamstring injury and could make a timely return.
Here are the basics:
DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
CHANNEL: Fox Sports 1
KICKOFF TIME: 2:45 p.m. Eastern
LOCATION: Santiago Bernabeu
LIVE STREAM: Click here for all the live stream information
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Ronaldo, Kroos, Benzema, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Isco
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Savic, Lucas, Godin, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Saul, Koke, Carrasco, Griezmann, Gameiro
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