Madrid Press: Atletico book place in Lisbon final

Madrid Press: Atletico book place in Lisbon final


The identity of Real Madrid’s opponents in the Champions League final was revealed last night, and it’s none other than city rivals Atletico de Madrid.

Diego Simeone’s men, who have had an outstanding season so far and look set to win La Liga, defeated Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues took the lead through ex-Atletico striker Fernando Torres but failed to hold onto it as Adrian equalised before half time. Two second half goals blew Chelsea out of the water, and mean Mourinho will almost certainly end up empty handed in his first season back in west London.

The Madrid press are going to town today with the coverage of the match and looking ahead to the final. It will be an historic game, being the first European final played between two teams from the same city.  There has been an all Spanish Champions League final before, when Real Madrid met Valencia in 1999/2000. Los Blancos ran out comfortable 3-0 winners that night.

This year’s final will see Madridistas and Colchoneros decend on Lisbon on May 24. According to AS, each side will get an allocation of 17,000 tickets.

As well as the focus on Atletico, there is still coverage of Madrid’s win in Munich in Tuesday night. And Spanish national team boss Vicente del Bosque has had his say on Carlo Ancelotti.

He hailed the way Madrid played the game at the Allianz Arena, and said Ancelotti has enriched football as a manager.