Atletico Madrid’s history against their rich city neighbours is terrible. They have not beaten Los Blancos in 14 years. However, history is on their side ahead of Friday’s showdown. In 1992, the Copa del Rey final was played at the Santiago Bernabeu between the same teams. Atletico beat the odds to upset Real Madrid 2-0. Paulo Futre and Bernd Schuster did the damage with a goal each.
Twenty-one years later, Diego Simeone and his players will be hoping to replicate this outcome. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are under intense pressure to end their 2012/13 campaign on a high after suffering disappointment in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Jose Mourinho is at the centre of huge criticism from the media and his own players as the Casillas-Lopez saga continues. Only victory would pour water on the burning fire in the camp of the Spanish giants.
The gap between Atletico and Real is closing despite the astronomical sums of money that Florentino Perez has pumped in his side since 2009. Both sides will start the 2013 Copa del Rey final on equal terms with the score line at 0-0 but who will end the night on top of the other?
|May 17 3:30pm||Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid
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