This may not be the Siege of Madrid that tore Spain to pieces for three years in the late 1930’s, but the 2014 Champions League Final betting odds are certainly going to create quite a stir. Atletico Madrid is an early +135 underdog while Real Madrid is coming in as a -175 favorite. That’s all fair considering that Real Madrid bulldozed defending champions Bayern Munich and boast a talented front line, but Atletico is surely due to give the favorites a competitive dogfight.
This is not as clear cut as the oddsmaker might have you believe. In other words, come May 24th, the Battle of Madrid is on.
2014 Champions League Final – Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Starts: 05/24/2014 2:40PM
Estádio da Luz, Avenida General Norton de Matos, 1500-313
Atletico seems poised to step out from the shadow cast by their local rivals, who have loomed over them since the dawn of time. Diego Simeone’s side has been remarkable throughout the tournament, and though they’re standing as slight dogs in 2014 Champions League Finals odds, they’re not to be underestimated or counted out.
Surely, a loss to Real Madrid would be nothing short of absolute torture for oft-overshadowed Atletico but the same can be said for the standing favorite. Madrid would never live down a loss against a club that they have considered an equal. Biases aside, both Atletico and Real have arrived at one of soccer’s grandest stages in deserving fashion.
Drawing on their recent meetings in the past does very little to illuminate a prediction in the 2014 Champions League Finals odds either. Their memorable clashes in La Liga and the Copa del Ray final certainly give Atletico a touch of momentum but Madrid was playing a vastly different side in those matches.
They also shared a 2-2 draw from a couple months ago, where Madrid seemed hell bent on drawing the ire of Diego Costa who will likely be the difference maker should Atletico make their mark in a few weeks times. That challenge might be much easier without suspended Madrid midfielder Xabi clogging the interior.
In over a century of existence, Atletico has yet to make a serious mark on the grand landscape compared to their cross-town rival but on May 24th, they’ll have their chance. Madrid may have the star power, but I truly believe that Atletico boasts the firepower to come through in the Battle of Madrid. They cherish the role of underdog and thrive in big pressure moments, and nothing will be larger or more meaningful than overcoming the 2014 Champions League Finals odds and winning their first title.