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Preview: Sergio Ramos vs. Diego Godin, What Team Has Best Defense?
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will meet in the final of the Champions League this month, in a rematch of the final of the Champions League 2014.
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That year, Real Madrid won 4-1 which was altered by a last minute goal from defender Sergio Ramos, tying the game after defender Diego Godin scored the first goal.
Both goals were the result of aerial technique, which will remain an important issue for both teams. Which team has the best defense in the end?
Diego Simeone’s team is compact, concediento just 18 goals in La Liga this season and seven in 12 games in the Champions League. The success of his defense is due to several factors. Simeone’s team stifles the opposition in the middle, forcing them out to the sides and allowing the goalkeeper Jan Oblak see all the shots.
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Air technique is worth as Godin and Filipe Luis dominate when the ball is in the air. That permeates the rest of the team, but these two are the strongest.
Godin is especially dangerous in the air, scoring most of his 19 goals for the mattress from the air. His offense has decreased this year, which has had only one goal, so it’s a statistic to which pay attention.
On the sides, Juanfran is the favorite. It was an important factor in the previous end, receiving a wound that left the team without a player in the final moments of extra time. It has the ability to run behind opposing defenses and create chaos. Marcelo probably face the Spanish, something that could benefit the Athletic.
Far from dominating, the defense of Los Blancos have conceded 34 goals in La Liga and five in the Champions League. While the numbers could be inspiring, there is no doubt that the team has had good luck and good goal.
Captain Sergio Ramos has regressed since scoring that tremendous goal in Lisbon in 2014. It offers airborne threats, but his positional awareness has been bad during the year. His usual partner, Pepe has also been decent, particularly in the air, but his lack of speed is starting to cost. Raphael Varane has also had a bad season, leaving Madrid exposed in the middle.
The sides are another story. Marcelo is having another great advantage on the offensive and probably the catalyst for the team in many ways. A defense is another story, with a left side that is easy to take advantage.
Dani Carvajal is probably the best team defense, with a strong positional play from both sides of the ball.
Athletic definitely has the advantage. Not only the team is strong in the air, but also improves the defense. They are physical and can easily deny the stars of Madrid are intelligent positions and a dose of intimidation.