Arsene Wenger breaks down aggressive Atletico and twirling Real

Cristiano Ronaldo

Arsenal manager has given a statement regarding the imminent Champions League final contested between Atletico Madrid & Real Madrid.

"All the ingredients are here [for a great game]," said Arsene Wenger to Eurosport.

With a 90 point haul after 38 games where only 26 concessions were made, Atletico Madrid emerged unlikely champions of a division long dominated by the Real Madrid and Barcelona duopoly. With a defence that brags one of the most coveted strikers in Diego Costa, playmaker Koke and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, manager Diego Simeone has come-of-age as a tactically-disciplined head coach.

However, after an energy-sapping domestic campaign there are questions over whether Atleti still have enough in the tank to oversee their local rivals on the grandest stage of all - in Torino, the final of the Champions League, against arguably the most experienced European campaigners of all time.

"One team is more compact, relies more on defence, and the other team is more skilled, twirling and fast. But, ultimately, both are counter-attacking teams, and the first goal will set the tone for the rest of the final.

"It’s a nice clash of styles," noted Wenger. "Diego Simeone’s team plays like him, with a lot of fighting spirit and aggressiveness, but also a lot of tactical discipline. He did a wonderful job with Atletico. Carlo Ancelotti too at Real."

On Ancelotti, who is hoping to secure Real's pursuit of La Decima, Wenger said: "The Italian has integrated well in the Spanish team. Ancelotti is able to adapt well anywhere because he has real human intelligence and he quickly understands how it will go.

"Real want to win this final so badly."

Ultimately, Wenger - who won the FA Cup with Arsenal this season - does not believe the manager should be responsible for results in one-off games such as these. He asserted: "You have to forget the idea that the manager is responsible for the result of a final. As a manager, you control the quality of the work all year long. But the greatest players make the difference during matches.

"An important match is quite easy to analyse: your goalkeeper has to save one or two dangerous shots, and one of your best players has to appear and make the difference. It’s as simple as that. If your goalkeeper does not have a good day, if your best player is having a bad day, you are much more likely to lose the final.

"The outcome of the final will depend on big players."

When it comes to big players, there are none bigger than the ones represented by Real - like Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema; an attacking trident who could thrive against a side low on energy reserves.

"The real question with Atletico is: how far will they be able to go physically? They don't have a lot of extra players and this team has given a lot."

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