Wednesday's Champions League Semi-Final second leg between Atletico and Real Madrid is balancing on a knife-edge from the 0-0 result from the first match. However it has taken a turn in to the favour of the away team, with a number of first team players set to be absent from the Real line-up.
Los Blancos are set to field a team without the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Marcelo.
The loss of Modric for this clash could be crucial; the Croatian midfielder has been ruled out for six weeks with cruciate ligament damage sustained in the victory against Malaga last weekend.
This injury is likely to end the midfield maestro's season. Modric was instrumental in Real's lightning start to the season, and it was no coincidence that when he was injured, Real's form suffered.
The former Tottenham ace formed a strong partnership with summer signing Toni Kroos, and the understanding these two players have is the base that Real have built upon, allowing Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema the freedom to roam free further up the field.
So what does this mean for Atletico? Well with not just Modric's absence, Real are also going to have to replace the suspended Marcelo, and Gareth Bale is a doubt after lasting just 5 minutes at the weekend.
Atletico will seize this chance, knowing that without Modric and Marcelo in the team, there is not going to be as much of a supply to star man Ronaldo - even though he can change a game himself in a instant.
Atletico will also be driven by their recent record against their fiercest rivals, with revenge for last years 4-1 extra-time defeat in the final on their minds. Diego Simeone’s men however will know that without these players in the line up, Real will be weaker and this tie should be set to be anything other then a stalemate, with two teams driven to get a result.
I feel that Los Rojiblancos will not have a better chance of getting the result all of their fans are craving. Find out who will be crowned kings of Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu, on Wednesday 22nd April, Kick off from 7:45pm BST.
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