There is no doubt that the title race is in full swing ahead of the match. Barcelona has won the title in five of the six previous finals. However, Atletico Madrid holds the advantage in style and class. Both sides are equally balanced, but the visitors’ quick passing and excellent defense will prove too much for their hosts. Barcelona will win with a 1-1 draw, but will the Catalans be able to go further?
Although both sides have made many changes, the first half is dominated largely by Barca. The visitors start the match with a pressing approach. Raul Garcia drags a left-footed shot from the edge of the box low and wide. Sergio Busquets and Diego Costa are withdrawn, and the away side are under sustained pressure. Atletico score a goal in the second period after a corner has been conceded.
The Atletico half kicks off the first half with a free kick. Barcelona are playing on the left, with Atletico on the right. Dani Alves, with a thumping header, cuts inside from the left side and crosses towards Alexis, who gets the ball. Atletico are defending with their backs, but their attack continues to produce good chances. They are clearly ahead in the game.
The first half started in a tense atmosphere, with Diego Costa limping off with a hamstring injury. He looked as if he had given Barcelone a lead in the second half but the referee ruled that his attempt to do so was offside. Thibaut Courtois, Atletico’s goalkeeper, saves Dani Alves’s strike. The hosts held on to a point in the last ten minutes.
The second half begins in the same way as the first. Barca tried to push forward, but couldn’t get the ball over to Koke who crosses into the box. Pedro’s header flies over the bar. Kokes then takes a shot from outside the box but the ball is out for a goal-kick. Atletico had no choice but to dig deep, despite the slow start.
Simeone spent plenty of time on tactical plays and the needs of his players. Simeone’s training drills were physically demanding and required players to work hard and keep up a high level of performance. Simeone’s hard work and determination was a key factor in Atletico’s low goal concede rates. Many fans disagreed. The game ended in a draw of 2-2 and Barcelona will now move on to the next round.
A win in the La Liga final proved to be a crucial factor in the final. Although both teams were fighting for the title, the visitors were able stop a strong Atletico side. The Catalans were stronger and more fit in the final. Atletico fans rejoiced that their team won Champions League.