When Two Elephants Collide

Well, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the draws. Probably because I can’t wait for the action on pitch.

The draws of the semi-final matches of the champions league was made yesterday and one of the draw caught my attention. Real Madrid VS AtlĂ©tico Madrid. It has always been a tough match when these two sides meet. The draw is a repeat of the last three finals which the LOS BLANCOS won all in a dramatic fashion. They say “when two elephants fight’s the grass suffers”. Will AtlĂ©tico win this time or will Real Madrid take the day? That question will be answered on the 3rd & 11th of May 2017.

It’s a repeat of the final of 2016 and 2014. It’s an intriguing match-up that should include stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann.

But most of all, it’s a local derby, and it is happening in the later rounds of the Champions League for the fourth year in a row.

Real Madrid and AtlĂ©tico Madrid will meet in a Champions League semifinal next month after the draw on Friday morning. The winner will claim city bragging rights and a date with the winner of the other semifinal, between France’s A.S. Monaco and the Italian champion Juventus.

Real has got the best of AtlĂ©tico recently in the Champions League, beating it in the 2014 and 2016 finals as well as in the clubs’ quarterfinal meeting in 2015. But AtlĂ©tico can hold onto its league title in 2014, when it beat out both Real Madrid and Barcelona against all odds.

This season, Real is back on top, holding a 3-point lead over Barcelona with a game in hand entering this weekend’s ClĂĄsico against Barcelona. AtlĂ©tico, which has one of the world’s most coveted players in the French striker Griezmann, is out of contention in third place.

Real is bidding to add to its record 11 European titles and become the first repeat winner since Milan in 1989 and ‘90, when the competition was called the European Cup.

Alright till then.

 

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