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Atlético Madrid to meet Real Madrid in Champions League final

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No, that's not a headline from 2014

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The Champions League final is set.

For the second time in three years, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will collide in the showpiece. Real's 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night secured a spot in Milan for Zinedine Zidane's men. Atleti, of course, advanced despite a 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

This final represents the seventh rematch in European Cup history and the third of the Champions League era (1993 onward). It's the first rematch since 2011, when Barcelona defeated Manchester United by a 3-1 scoreline at Wembley. The final also means that the Madrid Derby rivals will meet in the Champions League for a third consecutive season - two finals and last season's quarterfinals.

A lot can change in the next 23 days - the Liga title must still be decided, for instance, and players can get hurt or return to fitness. But what we know already is that Atlético will be looking to avenge Lisbon, where 92 minutes of incredible work were undone by a Sergio Ramos header and a farcical session of extra time. Diego Simeone talked about "new opportunities" at his post-match press conference yesterday, and the San Siro final represents just that: a new vista, a new mountain to scale, another opportunity.

We'll have plenty of coverage as the final draws closer, of course. In the meantime, Atleti travel to Valencia for a clash with bottom side Levante on Sunday.