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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid : Penpix of likely Champions League final starting lineups

May 23 2014, 11:15 IST
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SummaryThe Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid starting lineups for Saturday's Champions League final in Lisbon are likely to comprise the following players:

The Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid starting lineups for Saturday's Champions League final in Lisbon are likely to comprise the following players:


Thibaut Courtois, Age 22.

One of the most sought-after goalkeepers in European football. Despite his youth he has been an integral part of Atletico Madrid's La Liga title winning side, making some crucial saves and he generally offers a sense of security at the back. As well as a strong shot stopper he is also confident at coming for crosses.

Juanfran, Age 29.

A fullback with a strong engine, his dashes down the wing have been a feature of Atletico's attacks this season. A player who is always willing to give 100 percent, he can be caught out defensively and has worked hard to improve on coping with balls played in behind him.

Miranda, Age 29.

An understated defender who goes about his work quietly and efficiently. He could be accused of lacking personality but it is difficult to criticise an agile player who is composed with the ball at his feet as well as being strong in the air both defensively and when he goes forward.

Diego Godin, Age 28.

Leads the backline with authority and his imposing character is the perfect combination with Miranda's more reserved style. An aggressive centre half, he is always ready for a battle with the opposition but he also reads the game well. A danger in the air and he has scored key goals for Atletico from set pieces.

Filipe Luis, Age 28.

An agile and technically gifted left back whose drives down the wing and desire to link up with the attack have been a significant weapon this season and he has been missed as much as anyone when injured or suspended. His interplay with Koke and Arda Turan have been a feature of his play as well as his searching crosses.

Koke, Age 22.

A product of Atletico's youth academy, Koke has come into his own under the guidance of Diego Simeone, providing 13 assists as well as six goals. His performances have made him hot property and Atletico will have to fend off interest from other clubs if they want to keep him.

Gabi, Age 30.

A model of consistency, it is only due to the considerable strength that Spain possess in central midfield that he has not been included in the World Cup squad. A driving force who wears down the opposition with his work-rate while he also possesses

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