Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos claims his side are underdogs for this weekend’s UEFA Champions League final against Atletico Madrid following the Rojiblancos’ Primera Division success.
Real head into the match having won the European Cup a record nine times in their history and been runners-up on a further three occasions, whereas the only time Atletico have previously got this far was in 1974 when they lost to Bayern Munich.
Real have also dominated the head-to-head record between the clubs in recent times, and were unbeaten against their arch-rivals for 13 years up until last season’s Copa del Rey final, which Atletico won 2-1.
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Atletico followed that up with a 1-0 league win at the Bernabeu in September, but since that match Real have won two of three meetings between the two while drawing the other.
However, despite those records, Ramos believes it is Atletico who are favorites to lift the title in Lisbon this weekend after they pipped Barcelona and Real to the Primera Divison – their first since 1996.
"We are up against a great team in Atletico Madrid who, from my point of view, are the favorites," the Spain international said on Tuesday.
"They are the deserved current league champions and deserve credit for reaching the Champions League final.