UEFA Champions League: 5 reasons why Atletico Madrid can still overhaul Real Madrid's lead
Atletico Madrid have done it before against Real Madrid, can they do it again?
Atletico Madrid need to overhaul a 3-0 deficit against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final clash to qualify for the UEFA Champions League final. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick in the first-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu to crush the hopes of Diego Simeone’s side of qualifying for the final but not all is lost and there is still hope for the Vicente Calderon outfit.
Los Blancos have got the better of Atletico in their last 3 meetings in the Champions League, emerging as the winners in two of the last 3 seasons courtesy of a win over their arch-rivals and it looks like Zinedine Zidane’s side are almost into the final once again, but it ain’t over until it is over and that is what Atletico Madrid have to believe.
Here are 5 reasons why Atletico Madrid can still beat Real Madrid and reach the final of the UEFA Champions League:
#1 Home advantage
You can never discount the home advantage that any side has on the football field. Playing at home and especially in front of passionate supporters – like at the Vicente Calderon - not only guarantees an environment conducive ti get the best out of the home team, it also plays with the mindset of the opposition team.
The continuous jeers and booing will not only dampen the moral of Real Madrid, it will also reinvigorate Atleti if and when they feel that the task is nigh impossible. The home support has often been termed as the 12th man and there is good reason for that, with almost all teams across Europe boasting a better record at home than on the road.
In fact, Diego Simeone’s side are unbeaten at home in the Champions League this season and have only conceded one goal so far.