Who would’ve thought that the Champions League final in Lisbon on May 24 was destined to be a Madrid derby after all? After a 3-1 win over a clearly emotional Chelsea side, it is Atletico – the leaders of the La Liga – who will contest their city rivals for the title of European Champions.
It is no secret that Real Madrid themselves have been chasing their tenth Champions League trophy. Since Zinedine Zidane’s unforgettable volley of a winner in 2002, the trophy seemed elusive and destined to slip through their fingers in the last five years.
Jose Mourinho would’ve liked a final against his former side for purposes of restoring pride (his favourite emotion), but even his superior tactics were of no use against Atletico’s superior counterattacking display last night.
A Real vs Atletico Champions League final would have been unheard of at least two seasons ago. Clearly it has to be destiny, kismet, that have placed Real’s underdog rivals and lesser-fancied neighbours (from across the pond) in their way. What else could it be?