Five Tactical Questions For The Champions League Final

It's an El Derbi madrileƱo in the Champions League final, but there are plenty of issues for both managers. The loss of Diego Costa and Xabi Alonso, for two...

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darkmavis10 (Manchester United) says...

This is the friendliest comments section I have ever read. Soothing my hangover.

Posted 3:19pm 23rd May 2014

yossarian_lives (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

@tk421 agreed, he certainly needs to try that more often

Posted 1:32pm 23rd May 2014

jd.quench (Manchester United) says...

yossarian_lives - I refer you to tk421's reply. I have nothing more to add...

Posted 1:27pm 23rd May 2014

pauliechick (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

Will they mention Gareth Bale's newly pinned back ears or his attempted metamorphosis into trying to look like Ronaldo? Madrid must be the only place in the world where sales of Brylcream are booming. Oh an anyone else think that Simeone looks like Danny Trejo (Machete fame) long lost son? Well the one that didn't find crack anyway ;-)

Posted 12:16pm 23rd May 2014

wotyomamased says...

6.) Will a Real or an Athletico player, start to cry first during the match ? 7.) What are the odds of a Ronaldo facial close up, showing him crying ? 8.) Will any betting companies offer either 6.). OR 7.) In-Play Markets ?

Posted 11:27am 23rd May 2014

tk421 says...

@ yossarian_lives, he might just use his usual tactic of being the player in the world.

Posted 10:29am 23rd May 2014

hunter sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

@biyitch - it might surprise you (it certainly surprised me) to know that across La Liga and the Champions League Bale (17.2%) has a better chance conversion rate than Ronaldo (16.6%) this season. Both are worse than Benzema (18.2%). But the three of them suck when compared to Isco (19.3%) and Pepe (20.0%). In conclusion, looking up stats on the internet is more enjoyable than doing my job.

Posted 9:42am 23rd May 2014

yossarian_lives (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

6) Will Ronaldo try his usual tactic of blasting every free kick into the wall as hard as he can, presumably to wind and wear down the opposition.

Posted 9:02am 23rd May 2014

altamont (Manchester United) says...

There is much more pressure on Real to win than Atletico. Also Atleti are currently the form team of the moment best exemplified by how they forced the draw on Barca at the Nou Camp with two key players injured early on in the game. They have nothing to lose or prove and that is why I think they will edge Real out in the final.

Posted 7:29pm 22nd May 2014

biyitch (Southampton) says...

I can't wait - it's going to be a cracking final! My only concern for Real is their drop in form coinciding with the loss of key players in the last few weeks. Also they sometimes waste a lot of goal-scoring opportunities - Bale's chance conversion must be pretty low, the amount of shots he's fluffed inside the box this season, and Benzema sometimes needs 2 or 3 goes before scoring...and Ronaldo occasionally has those days where it just doesn't go in. Pretty much every match between the top three in La Liga has been smashing this season so the signs are there for a classic.

Posted 12:49pm 22nd May 2014

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