The 2017 UEFA Champions League kicks off the semifinals on Tuesday afternoon, with Real Madrid hosting Atletico Madrid for the first leg of their semifinal clash and the latest installment of the Madrid derby.
This continues a stretch of Real and Atletico meeting in the Champions League tournament, with the rivalry upping the stakes in each of the last four years.
Real Madrid has had their rival’s number in each contest, coming away victorious every time.
We’ll have to see if Atletico Madrid can end their string of bad luck or if Los Blancos will continue to reign supreme when the action kicks off at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu later today.
How can you tune into the first leg of the Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid? All of the information you need to tune into the action from the opening whistle can be seen below:
According to AS, Gareth Bale will miss the match for Real Madrid, while Raphael Varane appears ready to play after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Atletico, meanwhile, faces some issues along with back line, with Jose Gimenez announcing Juanfran will miss the first leg of the semifinal. Add the absence to Juanfran to multiple other injuries along the defense — which will likely keep Jose Gimenez out as well — and Atletico Madrid could be facing an uphill battle to slow down the Real Madrid attack.
Projected Starting XI
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Atlético: Oblak; Hernández, Godín, Savić, Filipe Luís; Ñíguez, Koke, Gabi, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro.
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