Predicting the Champions League winner or such a load of tripe
May 27, 2016
First, let's clear up a point. You may know that tripe is the rubbery lining of the stomach of cattle or other ruminants, used as food. It also is an informal noun that means nonsense but, the most important thing here is that in spanish tripe is callos, arguabily Madrid's most famous dish.
After reaching their second final in three years, the Atletico fans think that this is the one but they have to sort out a bit more than Real Madrid strategy as handling the presure has been key for Zidane's lads in the past.
Coming from the same city, partials from one or other may have discussed more than once the 2013-2014 final when Sergio Ramos' agonizing header forced the extra time opening the door for a carnage that ended 4-1 giving The Merengues the pleasure to lift La Décima with Italian Carlo Ancelotti as their coach.
The 2014-2015 quarter final draw confronted these two team again and after a nil-nil draw in the Vicente Calderón in the first leg, Javier "Chicharito" Hernández was the one that dropped the bomb to kick-out Atletico of the tournament won by FC Barcelona against Juventus in Berlin.
Despite The Merengues historical domination in the competition, the Colchoneros arguably have found the way to control them in La Liga games but after those two frustrating moments, it is time for Diego Simeone's team to prove they are capable to repeat the unbelivable 4-0 victory in front of their fans the 7 of February 2015.
The bookmakers odds are out: 2.10 for Atletico and 1.73 for Real. A close call you can conclude.
Predicting the Champions League winner is as complex as "Callos a la Madrileña" but it is also a great opportunity to bring the discussion over the table around this tasty dish.
For those who have the chance to go to the final in Milan at the San Siro, there are some spanish restaurants to choose from this list but if you want to try your cooking skills, why not follow the recipe I've found on YouTube.