Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said forward Gareth Bale will be vital to their chances of a La Liga and Champions League double and that the Welshman is 100% fit ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Aletico Madrid. It means that for the first time in 5 months, Ancelotti will have a fully fit squad to choose from, as is also the case with Atletico manager Diego Simone with the return of Raul Garcia and Mario Mandzukic.
Real won the Champions League meeting between the two sides last time out, overcoming a 1 goal deficit to lift the trophy 4-1 in last season’s finale. Since that game, Atletico are unbeaten against Real, winning 3 and drawing 2, inlduing beating the side in the Spanish Super Cup, twice in the league, and knocking the side out of Copa Del Rey as well.
Prediction: Tough first leg to call but I can see it heading back to Real on level terms.
Atletico 1-1 Real