Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid have met four times in the Copa del Rey final. The balance favours the Colchoneros, who have won three times, all of them at Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos have won just once, at the Vicente Calderon stadium and on penalties, after drawing 0-0.
That means the home team has never won a Copa del Rey final between the two city rivals. In the case of Real, statistics at Bernabeu are even poorer, as they have failed to win the trophy the last two occasions they played the final home, the most painful in the year of the club’s 100th anniversary against Deportivo de La Coruña.
Los Merengues have won 18 Copa del Rey titles in 37 finals, while the Colchoneros have celebrated nine wins in 18 final appearances. Their last final was three years ago against Sevilla, when they lost 2-0. Real’s last final, however, was a success, beating Barcelona in Valencia (1-0) in 2011.
Recent Madrid derby history has been disappointing for Atletico. For the last 14 years, they have failed to beat their traditional rivals in any competition. Their last victory was in 1999, 1-3 at the Bernabeu.
Neither their recent Copa del Rey final appearances have been successful. The Colchoneros have lost their last three finals and were only able to score in one of them, a 2-1 against Espanyol. Last time they brought the title to Vicente Calderon was in 1996, when they also won La Liga, beating Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona 1-0.
Atletico’s manager, Diego Pablo Simeone, was a crucial player in that legendary squad that won the famous Doblete -La Liga and Copa del Rey.
Cristiano Ronaldo usually performs brilliantly in the Copa del Rey. He’s been the top scorer of the competition for the last three seasons and he rivals Atletico’s Diego Costa to achieve that honour for a fourth consecutive year. The Brazilian has scored seven goals so far this season, while the Portuguese has six.
Falcao is the king of the finals. He’s never lost one, and he has scored eight goals in all of them. Ronaldo usually performs at a good level in finals too. He’s scored seven goals, four of them with a header.
As for the goalkeepers, Thibaut Coutois has performed spectacularly in the tournament, with 20 saves in total. Atletico have conceded the fewest amount of goals in the Copa del Rey: just four.