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Champions League: Madrid pair ready to battle for European glory

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Champions League: Madrid pair ready to battle for European glory
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Real Madrid will have their star forward Cristiano Ronaldo fit for the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday after the Portuguese international recovered from a thigh strain.

More good news for coach Carlo Ancelotti came when defender Pepe and striker Karim Benzema were both declared fit and are available.

Gareth Bale sat out of Tuesday’s training session but will also play as Real hunt a record-extending 10th European crown.

Talking about the possible tactics of Saturday night Ancelotti said: “Atletico will try to attack, they will try to show their offensive quality, but we can use the counter-attack as well. Real Madrid can use the counter-attack very well, but we need to use all the skills we have.”

There was also good news for Atletico coach Diego Simeone.

Diego Costa and Arda Turan both hobbled off the pitch during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona with a hamstring and hip injury respectively.

But on Friday both players trained with the rest of the squad and reports suggest they are fit enough to feature against their more wealthier city rivals.

Simeone was full of praise for his Saturday night opponents and said: “It’s one of the best teams in the world, it’s ranked first in the world, that’s who we’re facing. Aside from the fact that we won the league we’ll be playing with humility and knowing that we’re facing a very good team.”

Although it is the first time the Estádio da Luz will host the final it’s the second time the European Cup will be decided in Lisbon following the 1967 showpiece match at the National Stadium.