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Madrid rivals resume battle in 2nd leg of Champions League semis

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Real Madrid might have their feet on the necks of Atletico Madrid but we can all expect fireworks to go off when the Spanish capital derby unfolds again in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.

Cristiano Ronaldo pulled off a hat-trick to lead Real in their 3-0 drubbing of Atletico in the opening leg at Bernabeu but manager Zinedine Zidane wants his side to play with the same killing intent so Los Blancos can target their third European title in the last four years.

“We’re going to approach the second leg the same way we have done every game – to start strongly to try to win the game, that’s our aim,” said Zidane.

‘We want to play well and give 100 per cent to win the game, then we’ll see what happens. But we’re going to keep faith with how we do things, which is try to win.”

With Real ahead by a big margin on the aggregate, they can park the bus at Vicente Calderon the whole game and do their best to hold on to the lead, but Zidane said his wards don’t play that way.

“I’m not thinking we’re not going to score, the opposite in fact,” added the French manager. “We’re going to try to score, we’re going to play well and score, like always.”

Atletico have reached two of the last three Champions League final, but lost both of them to Real in 2014 and 2016.

Despite that, Atleti manager Diego Simeone believes it is possible for his side to finish the puzzle and learn how to beat their cross-town rivals.

“On Wednesday we have a very difficult game, impossible for many, but not for us, nothing is impossible,” said Simeone.

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Atletico have proven a worthy rival to their historic neighbors, but Real have the edge on Atletico on almost every aspect.

Real’s last visit to Atletico’s home ground was not a sight to behold for Rojiblanco fans since it was another 3-0 victory for Real behind another Ronaldo hat-trick. If the veteran star winger scores another hat-trick in this semi-final game, it would be a hat-trick of hat-tricks and a hat-trick of painful losses for Atletico.

Nextbet narrowly favours Real in this game, with a Real win backed at 2.68 and an Atleti win at 2.67, and a bet on Ronaldo to score the first goal is nicely priced at 4.79.

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