The UEFA Champions League final will take on a new dimension as Real Madrid CF take on Club Atlético de Madrid in Lisbon – the first showpiece between teams from the same city in the 59-year history of the European Cup.
This is the fifth one-country UEFA Champions League final and, having come out on top in the first 14 years ago, Madrid have cause for optimism as they seek their tenth European crown. In contrast, this is only Atlético’s second European Cup final appearance yet, as the last unbeaten side in this season’s competition, there is no danger of them being underestimated at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Xabi Alonso is suspended following his booking in the semi-final second leg.
• Madrid are tournament top scorers with 37 goals, a record for the current format (with a maximum of 13 games). FC Barcelona hold the overall record of 45 (from 16 matches) established in 1999/2000.
• Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 times this campaign, surpassing Lionel Messi’s single-season record of 14 set in 2011/12 and ex-AC Milan forward José Altafini’s 51-year European Cup high. He has scored 51 in 50 games in the competition for Madrid and 66 UEFA Champions League goals in all, one fewer than Messi and five adrift of record holder Raúl González.
• The Merengues won just one of their remaining four league games after booking a place in Lisbon with victory in Munich. They drew with Valencia CF (2-2) and Real Valladolid CF (1-1) then lost 2-0 to RC Celta de Vigo before concluding their domestic season with a 3-1 defeat of RCD Espanyol on 17 May.
• Madrid ended the Liga campaign in third place, three points adrift of champions Atlético. The last time they had finished outside the top two was in 2003/04, when they came fourth.
• Ever-present in Madrid’s European and Copa del Rey campaigns this term, Iker Casillas made his first top-flight appearance since 20 January 2013 when he started against Valladolid on 7 May.
• Ronaldo has scored 59 goals in his last 49 outings for club and country, including five hat-tricks. He has not played since limping off eight minutes into the Valladolid match with muscle fatigue. The Portugal captain was due to feature against Espanyol but withdrew during the pre-match warm-up with a reported hamstring strain.
• Ronaldo’s 31 Liga goals meant he shared the ESM Golden Shoe with Liverpool FC’s Luis Suárez.
• Sergio Ramos has registered five times in his last six outings in all competitions, having previously gone 41 matches without finding the net for Madrid and Spain.
• Pepe has missed the last two games with a left calf injury while Karim Benzema suffered a muscle strain setting up a goal against Espanyol last Saturday. Jesé Rodríguez tore knee ligaments on 18 March. Álvaro Arbeloa (out since 2 March) and Sami Khedira (15 November) returned against Celta after knee injuries.
UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Atlético are still unbeaten, conceding only six goals in 12 games. Should they win the final, they will become the seventh undefeated side to lift the UEFA Champions League, the last being Manchester United FC in 2007/08.
• Gabi is available after serving a one-match ban in the semi-final second leg.
• Atlético claimed their tenth Spanish championship – and first since 1996 – despite failing to win any of their last three fixtures. A nine-game winning streak in the Liga ended when they lost 2-0 at Levante UD on 4 May, in the process halting a 15-match unbeaten run in all competitions. They followed that up by drawing 1-1 with Málaga CF and, on the final day, at title rivals FC Barcelona.
• Atlético’s 90-point haul was 14 more than they mustered in 2012/13.
• The Rojiblancos ended the Liga season unbeaten at home. Their record at the Vicente Calderón in all competitions this campaign read: P30 W23 D6 L1. The sole defeat, 2-0, was inflicted by Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on 11 February.
• Atlético have scored 115 goals in all competitions, eight more than the club’s previous single-season record, set in 1996/97. Diego Simeone’s team conceded the fewest goals – 26 – in the Liga.
• Diego Costa registered 27 Liga goals this season, 17 more than last term. The Spain striker went off 16 minutes into last Saturday’s Barcelona game with a right hamstring injury. Arda Turan (pelvis) exited soon after.
• Fit-again Javi Manquillo has not featured since sustaining a neck injury against Real Madrid on 11 February.