* Real Madrid and Atlético meet in second Champions League final in three seasons
* Repeat of 2014 final, when Real Madrid came back to beat Atlético in extra time
* Madrid also triumphed 1-0 over two legs in last season's quarter-finals
* Diego Simeone: "Only winning will satisfy me now"
* Zinédine Zidane says above all Real Madrid must "run: run, run run"
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This is the sides' fourth European Cup tie, and Real Madrid have won the previous three: the 1958/59 semi-final, the 2014 final and last term's quarter-final.
When Real Madrid decided to sack Rafa Benítez and replace him with Zinedine Zidane, who only had experience coaching Castilla, nobody expected Los Blancos to reach the Champions League Final. Madrid lost 2-0 in Wolfsburg and even less people expected Los Blancos to reach the Champions League Final. And yet here they are, one game away from their 11th title.
Atlético Madrid have had a remarkable season, with players like Griezmann, Oblak and Saúl getting all the headlines. They are a better squad than the one Real faced in Lisbon two years ago, there's no question about it. Simeone still wants to play under a counterattacking mindset but his men have learned to keep the ball more often when needed and they will be a very dangerous threat this night.
It will be extremely important for Madrid to match Atlético's intensity and keep the ball in order to prevent Los Rojiblancos from having many chances. Other than that, this match is anyone's guess.
Discipline wins matches and strong discipline wins the bigger ones. Atlético's mind games will go on between now and kick-off time so it's vital Real's players put self-discipline at the top of their preparation lists.
We know Atlético are going to "pressure high" and that Diego Simeone expects a "high intensity encounter". That simply means they'll be putting the emphasis on denying Real the time and space to play. Cholo's instructions will be to not give anyone in Real's team the opportunity to settle on the ball. He'll be hoping to force Real into conceding possession in vital areas and the easiest way to do that is to win free kicks by making the opposition lose their discipline.
Games are often won and lost as a result of conceding silly and unnecessary free kicks and that's got to be one of the things Zinedine Zidane will be emphasising as the team gets ready to take the field.
With all the pre-match razzmatazz it's easy to get swept up in the atmosphere of the occasion and get carried away with the proceedings. Once the match kicks-off though, the focus for the players needs to be on mentally dismissing the delay due to the events of the ten minutes or so that they'll have been on the pitch before the game actually got started. The opening few minutes of playing time are vital for settling in and being mentally ready not to bite at the first sign of a late challenge or an over-physical but technically fair tackle.
Individual players need to prepare for the two potentially contrasting openings to the game. The first ten or fifteen minutes could see both teams sounding each out and adopting a cautious approach; waiting to see how the opposition are likely to approach the tie. Or it could be blood and thunder with strong challenges being made in the opening minutes as each side sets out their stall for what is to follow. We know Atlético aren't going to sit back and allow Real to play so the cautious approach may not really be the one on the cards for today; but often the element of surprise can make all the difference.
From arriving at the ground to locking the changing room doors, Real's players will be preparing themselves in their own individual ways in addition to the group warm-ups on the field. Personal headphones will be playing so those who don't like the choice of music booming out in the changing room can listen to what they feel motivates them the most, and they'll all be doing their own specific loosening-up exercises. The physios will be helping to stretch those hamstrings just that little bit more than they can do themselves and the massage therapists will be working overtime.
For those who feel it helps, the coloured kinesiotape designed to stimulate the muscles will have been applied earlier to make sure it sticks properly - there's nothing worse than a strapping that doesn't feel right - and the ankles and shoulders will be taped for those who require it. Every tiny individual detail will be given the attention that it deserves; as Marcelo said in midweek, it's the little things that can make a difference.
Some players will be laughing and joking as they are getting ready while you won't get a word out of others apart from a nodded acknowledgement to Zidane or any of the coaches who make any last-minute points relative to their role in the game. The real tactical work will have been done long before now and there will be only individual reminders needed at this point. Everyone will know their own role. Strengths will be emphasised throughout the few hours preceding kick-off and although it's an old adage, the coach will be seen to be quietly motivating his team. Zidane only needs to speak and people listen so any last minute points he makes at this stage will certainly be worthwhile.
As the atmosphere in the dressing room gradually changes from relaxed to that of a more focussed tension reflecting the collective and individual concentration required, everyone at that stage will have acknowledged the enormity of the event. The talk is going to be all about the game; strong awareness of everyone's own individual responsibilities will be there as the socks are pulled on, the boots tested for comfort and the laces tightened.
Natural nervousness will be superseded by the anticipation of what lies ahead and they'll be itching to get on the pitch and get the game started. Hanton and Jones (1999) said that everyone gets butterflies; and on the big occasions it's all about getting them to fly in formation. The development of mental toughness and how it affects elite performers is a well-researched theme in top-level sport (Connaughton et al, 2008) and it's often mental toughness that wins games.
Zidane and co will have been stressing that in the days gone by. Now it's up to the players to show how they're going to respond to the occasion, adapt to the "high intensity encounter" and to meeting the challenge of being European Champions once again.
Scuffle Between Real And Atletico Fans At Airport
Tensions boiled over between fans of the two Madrid clubs as they prepared to fly out to Milan ahead of Saturday's San Siro showpiece. Fans of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid clashed at a Madrid airport ahead of the Champions League final.
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Supporters of both teams became embroiled in a brawl on Friday as they prepared to fly to Milan for Saturday's match.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the fracas took place without a single security member present and it was half an hour before the civil guard showed up.
Real Madrid and Atletico will do battle in a repeat of the 2014 final which Los Blancos won 4-1 after extra-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a fitness doubt for Real Madrid earlier in the week but boss Zinedine Zidane confirmed he will start.
The Frenchman confirmed the problem which caused Ronaldo to limp out of a training session on Tuesday was unrelated to the hamstring issue which saw the winger miss three games towards the end of April.
"It is not the same thing - he had a little issue but he is fine now," Zidane said on Friday. "He is 100 percent and with it being a final, even if he had anything he would still play.
"I believe he is fine. It is a different issue to [before City]. Today he will be at 100 percent."
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