Atletico hope to overcome Real in clash of neighbours

Zinedine Zidane does not think Real Madrid are favourites in their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, despite his side holding the upper hand in recent meetings with their city rivals.

"I've been in Madrid for four years and in each of the four we've faced them in the Champions League".

Real have beaten their rivals on all three previous occasions in the competition, including in two finals in 2014 and 2016 as well as a quarter-final in between.

It's nearly like Real Madrid become a much more ferocious team when they're down.

Real suffered an injury blow right on half-time when Dani Carvajal pulled up with a muscle problem that looks set to keep him out of the second leg.

The Argentine said away goals could be very important to how the tie between two evenly matched teams plays out.

This season, Real Madrid have won 17 points from the 81st minute on, which is 21 per cent of their points. When you play a team like Real, with all the attacking talent they possess, you need to have more of a cushion; you can't just play the percentages.

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Zidane enjoyed a star-studded playing career, winning the World Cup and Champions League, but wishes he had enjoyed the thrill of scoring goals as much as his star attacker and namesake Ronaldo Nazario, his former Santiago Bernabeu team-mate. The live match will be telecasted on BT Sport and the highlights of the match Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid will be shown on the same channel at midnight.

Atletico's back line has been depleted because of a series of injuries and coach Diego Simeone will have to improvise when his team takes on Real Madrid's powerful attack in Tuesday's first leg of their semifinal. The last time Real made the trip to Granada's Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, they needed a late Luka Modric goal to win 2-1. The rivalry with Atleti hasn't changed since I was a player. It will be their 12th semi-final appearance in total, also a record, one more than Barcelona. With Sime Vrsaljko already out, centre-half Gimenez was filling in at right-back for Torres against Las Palmas on Saturday when he was injured.

The French winger, who is supposedly on the verge of a summer move to Manchester United, has been in searing form of late and, perhaps, is the only consistent goal outlet the Rojiblancos have.

Madrid is at home for Tuesday's first leg, with Zidane boosted by the availability of defender Varane, who has only played once - against Deportivo La Coruna - since coming back from the hamstring injury he aggravated against Alaves last month.

"From that moment on, we will have to be strong and make the match as comfortable for us as possible".

Atletico is virtually out of the title race in the Spanish league.

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