Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid's players applaud scoring opposite Atletico Madrid

This is a fourth unbroken deteriorate Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have met in a Champions League

Real Madrid trainer Zinedine Zidane says past victories over Atletico Madrid will count for zero when they accommodate in a Champions League semi-final.

Real kick their neighbours on penalties in final season’s final – and had a 4-1 extra-time win in a 2014 showpiece.

“It’s a totally opposite tie and they will be doing their pinnacle to go by as well,” pronounced Zidane.

Real brazen Gareth Bale is absent with a calf damage and Atletico full-back Juanfran is out with a thigh problem.

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‘We can’t rest on a past’

Zidane, who succeeded Rafael Benitez in Jan 2016, is aiming for a La Liga and Champions League double in his initial full deteriorate in assign during a Bernabeu.

The final time Real, turn on points with joining leaders Barcelona with one diversion in hand, were crowned champions of Spain and Europe in a same deteriorate was 1957-58.

Yet Zidane pronounced his side contingency pass dual outrageous tests if they are to book their place in a Champions League final in Cardiff on 3 June.

“Atletico always gives us a tough game,” pronounced a former France midfielder.

“The strength they have is that they never give up, no matter what happens. They fight, battle, they know their strengths and use them as best they can.

“In a past 4 or 5 years they have been a really good side that have softened each year.

“What happened in a past is in a past, we can’t rest on that now. The additional proclivity comes from it being a Champions League semi-final.”


Diego Simeone has one win in 4 games opposite Real Madrid given Zinedine Zidane transposed Rafael Benitez during a Bernabeu in Jan 2016

‘Atletico strike by injuries’

Atletico’s preparations for a 14th compare in 3 seasons opposite Real have been badly strike by injuries.

They are but 3 defenders – Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez (groin), former Real right-back Juanfran (thigh) and Croatia full-back Sime Vrsaljko (hip).

Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco is puzzled with a collarbone injury.

Atletico trainer Diego Simeone pronounced he was assured his side would furnish a opening to make him unapproachable whatever group he put out.

“I never tire of praising these players, they are incredible,” he added.

Atletico, who are third in a table, have taken only one indicate off Real in dual joining games this season.

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