Not for the first time this season, Zinedine Zidane's men failed to make the most of the numerous chances they created and while ultimately they proved too strong for the Abu Dhabi outfit, Madrid will have to improve considerably when they face Gremio on Saturday night.
The South American champions booked their place in the final thanks to an extra time 1-0 win over Mexican outfit Pachuca in what was a tight game lit up by a stunning winning goal from Gremio forward Everton.
As such, neither side were at their best then in the previous round and both will be hoping to improve for the final, for which dabblebet offer Real Madrid at 2/7 (1.28), with Gremio available at 8/1 (9.00) and the draw priced at 17/4 (5.25).
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Los Blancos have won two of the last three editions of this tournament, with their 2-0 triumph over San Lorenzo in 2014 infinitely more comfortable than their 4-2 extra time win over Kashima Antlers 12 months ago.
Gremio are a side capable of making Real Madrid uncomfortable once more, and their physical presence coupled with a rigid 4-2-3-1 formation will attempt to stifle the Spaniards' attacking threat while exposing them on the counter attack using the speed of their forwards.
Madrid have not been firing on all cylinders in front of goal this term, and against a talented opponent Zidane's men will surely be made to work; opposing a high-scoring game appeals, with under 2.5 goals offered at 7/5 (2.40), while a goalless first half could also be of interest at 13/5 (3.60).
Also worthy of consideration is opposing both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80), with this selection paying out in four of Madrid's last five matches in all competitions.