A lot of water has flown under the bridge since that final in Lisbon though. Despite topping the League, Atletico have continuously managed to stick the boot into Real this season. League, Kings Cup and the Supercoppa has seen Simeone’s side laughing all the way to the bank. If all the aforementioned meetings over the past few months are anything to read so far, Atletico do not fear their illustrious arch-rivals. Neither does the Champions League intimidate them too, as the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea found out at various stages during Ateltico’s dream run.
Real will need to summon all their 500 million dollar strikeforce up front if they have to gleefully walk out of the Vicente Calderon. The venue is intimidating arena and does psych out the opposition. The Los Blancos have all men fit for the first time this season. Cristiano Ronaldo could have not chosen a better time to get his scoring boots back while Mario Manzukic comes back into the set-up for Atletico.