Real Madrid needs to maintain its European dominance over crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid when they meet Tuesday in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal showdown, a match that will live stream from Santiago Bernabeu Stadium — and will pit the two teams that have contested the Champions League final twice in the last four years against each other once again.
Los Blancos and the Atleti have squared off in seven previous meetings in European competition — but despite the fact that Atletico Madrid have never defeated Real in any of those European matches, fifth-season manager Diego Simeone says that his team feels no additional pressure due to the lengthy futility streak.
“Before every game there is the usual tension you have due to the responsibility we have at the club, with these fans,” Simeone said at a Monday press conference. “That keeps growing all the time, and I keep it with me whether we are playing Las Palmas, Real Madrid or Legates.”
In last season’s final, Real Madrid captured the trophy, defeating Atletico on penalty kicks after playing 120 minutes to a 1-1 draw.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid UEFA 2017 Champions League semifinal first leg match, either click here, or see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday, May 2. In the United Kingdom, that start time will be 7:45 p.m., while fan in the United States can catch the clash of Spanish titans starting at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 11:45 a.m. Pacific.
Watch a preview of the Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League semifinal, courtesy of CBS Sports, in the video below.
Real enter the match as the favorite — but also facing internal turmoil, as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly become disenchanted with the play of Welsh star Gareth Bale, and is encouraging Manager Zinedine Zidane to leave Bale on the bench, in favor of Colombian international James Rodriguez.
Bale has been limited by an ankle injury this season, but has nonetheless racked up six goals to go with six assists in just 11 La Liga appearances in the 2016/2017 campaign.
Can Atletico Madrid under Manager Diego Simeone finally break their long European football curse against their more decorated crosstown rivals from Spain’s capital city? Or will the defending UEFA Champions League cup holders? To find out, watch the Real Madrid Vs. Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League semifinal first-leg showdown from 81,000-seat Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, with streaming video provided by Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet, computers and smartphones. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV and Roku set-top streaming devices, allowing fans to watch the Real Madrid Vs. Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League semifinal match stream live to their TV sets.
UEFA Champions League Fans in the United States without cable login credentials can watch the Real Vs. Atletico clash legally and for free on Sling TV, by signing up for a seven-day free trial of the Sling “Blue” or “Orange” plans. Both include Fox Sports One, which carries the UEFA Champions League match. The Sling TV plans can be accessed at this link.
YouTube TV, which comes with a one-month free trial and is available in several major U.S. cities, also includes Fox Sports One and the Madrid Champions League derby, with signup available at this link.
In the United Kingdom, fans can view a live stream of the Real Madrid Vs. Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League semifinal match exclusively on the BTSport.com website or by downloading the BT Sport app for mobile devices. The BTSport.com live stream, which will be available only inside the United Kingdom, can be accessed by clicking on this link.
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