Finally, it’s that time of the year again… Time for the hotly-anticipated UEFA Champions League final! This time around, the final pits two of Spain’s best clubs against each other: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Lisbon will be the first city ever to host a European Cup final between two derby rivals when the game takes place tomorrow.

Atletico are hoping to clinch their first Champions League silverware, having won the Europa League two years ago. They have an edge going into tomorrow’s game having already won the La Liga title against powerhouse Barcelona last weekend – Their first league title since 1996.

The good news for Atletico is that their powerful striker Diego Costa is back and should be in tomorrow’s starting eleven. Costa was taken off last weekend when he tore a hamstring. He has been in superb form scoring 36 goals this season and was crucial to his side’s championship win.

Turkish playmaking midfielder Arda Turan was also taken off last weekend and should be fit to start as he too is back in training. Defender Juanfran is looking to hold off Real’s strong frontline who won’t be holding anything back.

Real Madrid has the opportunity to win their 10th European title. Speaking of Real, fans will be excited to hear that dynamic duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Welsh prodigy Gareth Bale are both fit for the final.

French striker Karim Benzema and Brazilian defender Pepe are not-yet confirmed which may make things difficult for Real Madrid. Not to mention midfielder Xabi Alonso’s red card suspension. Defender Sergio Ramos is reportedly calling his side ‘the underdogs’ this year, which is surprising considering Real having more successes in Europe and are a relatively stronger side, albeit on paper.

Real overcame previous champions Bayern Munich in the semi-finals while Atletico Madrid knocked out Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to make it to this stage. For Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, this will be his third Champions League final after his two previous wins with AC Milan.

Long-time fans will not have forgotten legend Zinedine Zidane’s incredible strike 12 years ago against Bayer Leverkusen that earned Real Madrid their ninth Champions League victory. Hopefully, Bale or Ronaldo can emulate ‘Zizu’ and lift the trophy on a historic night in Lisbon.

Having already met five times this season, the derby rivals have both wins and losses against each other, so we can certainly expect tomorrow’s showdown to be an exciting one.