Juninho Tips Atletico Champions League Glory


Juninho is confident his old club Atletico Madrid can land their first Champions League crown this weekend against Real Madrid.

Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Juninho believes the work ethic of Diego Simeone’s men may hand them the edge against Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final.
The Brazilian was contracted to Atletico between 1997 and 2002, although he spent much of it either injured or on loan elsewhere. He nevertheless retains affection for the Vicente Calderon club and feels they have the ability to land their first Champions League crown this weekend against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.

He told Omnisport: “If we see the individuals, Real Madrid have a better team than Atletico and have a player [Ronaldo] who can make a difference on the game at any time.

“But, with Atletico Madrid, we can see a group, maybe even stronger than Real Madrid, especially with the team spirit that they have, knocking out two teams, which in my opinion, are the two bests teams in the world, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“So for me Atletico has great momentum to go to the final and beat Real Madrid.”
Atletico’s game is based largely around a strong defensive structure, but Juninho thinks they will have to show more at the other end of the field if they want to beat Madrid, having lost 4-1 to them in the 2014 showdown that went to extra time.