A little known European soccer tournament is entering its quarter-final stage with matchups that tantalize the soccer loving world.
This year the the UEFA Championship League quarter-finals are bubbling with incredible matchups that are proving to be not only competitive, but also 2 hours of fascinating and compelling soccer played at an incredible level.
A matchup between two local teams in soccer is generally known as a “Derby.” For Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, you can basically think of the Capulets versus the Montagues. But without the underage love stories and all the stabby-poison parts. Known as the Madrid Derby, this rivalry sends shudders throughout the soccer world and there is never a “friendly” match.
The Madrid Derby dates back to 1929, or otherwise known as “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.” Real Madrid leads the head to head stats with 85 matches won and Atletico Madrid winning only 38. These two teams have tied 33 times – yes, tying a game does occur in soccer. But those figures only account for the league head to head matchups. Overall, these two teams have faced each other over 200 times in various league, cup, and championship scenarios. Truly an incredible and rich history. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, was the most recent meeting. Although it ended in a tie it was incredibly hard fought and the statistics prove it was an impressive match.
Real Madrid targeted Atletico Madrid’s Goalkeeper Jan Oblak with 8 shots on goal and 4 off target. Oblak is a 22-year-old keeper from Slovenia and in the match he was fantastic while also being relatively new to UEFA Championship League play – he’s played in just 2 matches in the past year with the club. So this young pup of a keeper just faced a barrage of shots from some of the best soccer players in the Spanish Primera Division. I wish I had a time machine for this one so I could have some how been in Madrid for this match, even watching it in a bar would have been worth it.
On paper, Real Madrid should have won this match. They possessed the ball 58% of the time with 5 corners and only 11 fouls. In short, they played a very tight and precise match. But so did Atletico Madrid with only 2 shots on goal, 3 off target, 42% possession, 7 corners, and 19 fouls.
The next match is scheduled for April 22, 2015, at 2:45 pm Eastern. I suggest you make the effort to check it out and be sure to play the Draftking Leagues for that matchup.
Till next time, I’ll be in my time machine lab and follow me @Deepdfspicks.