Real Madrid are without key forwards Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale ahead of their 2nd leg in the Champions League Quarterfinal. Javier Hernandez, James Rodriguez, and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only fit forwards for the squad. Atletico leading scorer Mario Mandzukic is expected to return to the line-up, leaving a full fit squad for manager Diego Simone.
Real come into the game have yet to beat Atletico all season, drawing and losing in the 2 derbies in La Liga, being knocked out by Atletico in the Copa del Rey, and also suffering defeat in the Spanish Super Cup at the very start of the campaign. The 0-0 draw between the sides has maintained the unbeaten record but Diego Simone will be adamant about preventing the Champions League from becoming Atletico’s Achilles heel after just losing the Champions League Final to their main rivals last season.
Prediction: Very hard game to predict but I have a feeling Ronaldo, who has a knack for big games, will shine here. Brace will do it.
Real 2-1 Atletico