Simeone expecting Real Madrid caution in Champions League final

Diego Simeone expects Real Madrid to employ a defensive strategy in next week’s Champions League final against Atletico.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Real Madrid will look to defend and hit his side on the break in a Champions League final that is "50-50."

Simeone’s team saw off Bayern Munich in the semifinals, while its archrival beat Manchester City to set up a repeat of the 2013-14 showpiece in Lisbon, which Los Merengues won 4-1 in extra time.

Madrid employed safety-first tactics to defeat City 1-0 over two legs, and Simeone expects more of the same at San Siro next week.

"I expect Madrid to approach the game like they did the tie with Manchester City. I think they will be cautious," the Argentinian told a news conference on Saturday.

"Casemiro gives them defensive strength. They will play on the counterattack, like they have been doing in every game in the Champions League. Madrid were very strong tactically against City and they will put in a similar performance.

"We have a different style altogether. It’s fantastic. Our style is something new. We will play our own game and I think it will be an intense game. I respect everyone’s opinion about our style and criticism can help you improve.

"We are trying to get the most out of our players with our style – that is all that matters. It will be 50-50. We both have an equal chance of winning it. We are determined to win."