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Five reasons Atlético Madrid are Champions League finalists

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Defensive security

Atlético shipped a mere four goals during their six group stage games. And despite coming up against the likes of Barcelona (22 Champions League goals) and Bayern Munich (30), the rojiblancos have booked their place in the Milan final having conceded five

The Vicente Calderón

The 54,000-seater ground on the banks of the Manzanares has been a veritable fortress for the colchoneros in recent seasons. Atleti have gone seven straight knockout-stage games without conceding at home: Barça (twice), Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Mad

Penalty shootout against PSV

The Dutch outfit held out for 210 minutes against Atlético in the round of 16 to force a nail-biting penalty shootout. Both teams kept their nerve from twelve yards after a grueling scoreless second-leg tie at the Calderón, with 15 of the 16 spot kicks fi

The first half at home to Barça

Atlético came flying out of the traps at the C amp Nou in search of an away goal, and they got what they were looking for in the 24th minute thanks to Fernando Torres. El Niño only lasted another ten minutes after that, as two reckless challenges on Neyma

Saúl, Griezmann and Oblak

The Mattress Makers overcame Bayern Munich in the semi-finals courtesy of the away goal rule (2-2 on aggregate). Saúl scored a beaut in the Vicente Calderón, beating four men before tucking the ball into Manuel Neuer’s bottom-right corner. Fernando Torres