first_imgHe believes the key to beating Real will be breaking down He believes the key to beating Real will be breaking down a solid defence and making sure his players remain vigilant at set-pieces. “Madrid are different to Barcelona and Bayern; theyre a much more direct team who are a massive threat from set pieces. “Well be ready and will look to play the game on our terms. Fingers crossed, that will be enough for us to do what we want, which is to win.” Whoever wins, says Ronaldo, will earn the local bragging rights: “We will see who is the best. I am positive. I think Real are better than Atletico, but we have to show it on the pitch.” But Real have plenty of reason to be wary. Two years ago, Atletico were a whisker away from avenging their European Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich in 1974 (4-0) after Diego Godin gave Simeons men a 36th minute opener. Ramoss 93rd minute leveller, however, pushed the match into extra time and, with the fresh momentum, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo, from the spot, struck to compound Atleticos misery. Now, it is Ronaldo, Bale and French striker Karim Benzema who could have their work cut out, while Ramos and Pepe, Zidanes preferred centre-back partnership, will be wary of a repeat of recent history. Atletico have recorded 35 clean sheets in 56 games this season, including shutouts at home to Barcelona and Bayern Munich when they were dumped out of the competition. They also managed a 1-0 win at Reals Santiago Bernabeu to inflict Zidanes only La Liga defeat in four months in charge when the sides last met in February. Ronaldo, who suffered an injury scare in recen days, admitted: “Atletico always play the same way. We know there will be very few opportunities because they all play behind the ball. “It is no coincidence that Barca and Bayern couldnt score many goals against them.” AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img

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