OnFootball selects its greatest football adverts over the years:
Nike- ‘Secret Tournament’
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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Copa del Rey Final
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Friday 17th May 2013
The two Madrid sides face each other in the battle for city supremacy, in the Copa del Rey Final. Jose Mourinho’s side have the home advantage and the obvious threat of Cristiano Ronaldo but in Radamel Falcao, Atletico have one of the world’s best players in their armoury.
Real Madrid preview
Mourinho’s side reached the final after a hugely impressive 4-2 aggregate victory over Barcelona, which included a memorable 3-1 win at Camp Nou. Prior to that they saw off Valencia in the quarter-finals and Celta Vigo in the last-16.
Real have lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions, scoring 15 times in their last five outings. In the Copa del Rey betting market, a Real victory in 90 minutes can be backed at 1.65 while Los Blancos are 1.22 to lift the trophy with Unibet.
Injuries and suspensions
While Mourinho has a fully fit attacking unit to call upon, he has plenty of injuries at the back. Raphael Varane is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, while Alvaro Arbeloa looks set to miss out too. Sergio Ramos should return but is not 100 per cent fit, while Pepe may remain dropped after a falling out with Mourinho.
Atletico Madrid preview
Atletico edged past Sevilla in an exciting semi-final clash, having beaten Betis and Getafe in the previous two rounds. This is their third Copa del Rey Final appearance this century, losing 2-0 to Sevilla in their last final, in 2010.
After a superb start to their La Liga season, Atletico have just dipped slightly, allowing Real to overtake them in second place. Their recent form has been inconsistent, although with one eye on this game that is understandable. Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Barcelona was undeserved but Falcao again proved he is the man for the big occasion by scoring the opener.
Injuries and suspensions
Coach Diego Simeone has virtually a fully fit squad to choose from, as well as no suspensions for the showcase event.
Atletico haven’t beaten their great rivals since 1999, when a Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink double inspired them to a 3-1 win at Santiago Bernabeu. This season has seen Real win both games, with the attacking trio of Ronaldo, Ozil and Di Maria all influential in the two matches.
Expect this to be an open game with plenty of goals. Real’s defensive problems could play into Atletico’s hands but Mourinho’s knack of winning trophies will give his side the edge on the night. A Ronaldo-inspired Real to win in a close-fought contest.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-2 Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1)- Lopez, Essien, Ramos, Albiol, Coentrao, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2)- Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Koke, Mario, Gabi, Turan, Costa, Falcao
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