All is set at the Estadio San Siro, for tonight’s UEFA Champions League Final between ten-time champions Real and city rivals Atletico Madrid.
The 80,000 capacity San Siro stadium is already packed out with excited fans of both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Real, who won the inaugural UCL trophy in 1956, are gunning for their 11th title from European football’s premier club event two years after a stunning comeback victory over Atletico in Lisbon secured their 10th.
Star striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, has given Real fans the assurance that he is fit, boosting their morale with the news following a training ground injury scare on Tuesday from which he is said to be fully recovered.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is counting on the Portuguese superstar to rise to the occasion and give Madrid the victory in tonight’s game.
Coach Zidane speaking to pressmen earlier today said:
“He’s 100 percent fit and he’s playing a Champions League final, when you transcend yourself,”
“We’ve had two weeks to prepare and now what the players want is for the ball to start rolling.”
Zidane, who won the trophy as a player with Real in 2002, is hoping to make a mark by winning the title for Real in his first season as manager of the spanish side.
Athletico Madrid striker, Fernando Torres, who also spoke to reporters said tonight’s game is the most important game he is ever going to play, declaring the game as “game of my life”.
Torres promised to give the game his everything.
History Making UCL Final
History will be made even before kick-off tonight. R&B star Alicia Keys will become the first artist to perform live at the final during a glitzy, nine-minute opening ceremony.
The ceremony will feature 400 dancers and be capped by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli singing the competition’s anthem.
Atletico, however, are hoping to be singing and dancing in the streets of Milan later tonight as the ‘Rojiblancos’ go in search of their maiden Champions League trophy.
Atletico coach and former Argentine international, Diego Simeone, is ready to end a 113-year wait for Atletico Madrid to be crowned kings of Europe.
Kickoff time is 19:45 GMT (8:45 pm Nigerian Time).