by Antonio Flores, 16

Atlético Madrid faces Real Madrid on Saturday in the first ever Champions League Madrid Derby
Atlético Madrid faces Real Madrid on Saturday in the first ever Champions League Madrid Derby

This Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final is going to be one of the best matches of the year.  Its the first time in finals history that there will be a Madrid derby: Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid.

Both sides are pretty strong coming into the finals.  Real Madrid has already won the Copa del Rey against Barcelona, and, despite falling out of the title race for La Liga, they are focused on what they must to do beat Atlético.  Atlético Madrid, on the other hand, have just secured their first La Liga championship in 18 years by beating Barcelona.

Real might have some problems with the injuries to star player Cristiano Ronaldo and José Rodriguez.  Also, Xabi Alonso will not be permitted to play due to accumulation of yellow cards.  Atlético may look like they have the slight advantage due to Real’s poor performances the past few weeks, but they will have to deal with Ronaldo.  In spite of his injuries, Cristiano will be driven by his passion and keep his promise to the Madrid fans that he will not fail them again.  Also, the match will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, Cristiano’s home nation, giving Real Madrid and Ronaldo the extra support to defeat Atlético in the finals.

My prediction: Real will win the “la decima”, by winning their tenth Champions League title in this history.

Editor’s Note:  If you are looking for somewhere to watch the game, join the South Bronx United fans, coaches, and volunteers at the SBU Supporters Club launch party and Champions League Viewing Party.  Kickoff is at 2:45 pm at the Headless Horseman, 119 East 15th Street in Manhattan.  See link for more details.  There is no cover, and any proceeds raised for the SBU Supporters Club go right back to South Bronx United’s youth programs.