It’s been a week of new beginnings in La Liga or at least, a week of new opportunities. One was merited, one is doubtful and one disastrous. The three characters on stage are Ernesto Valverde, Diego Simeone and Marcelo, so let’s start with the disastrous and build from there. Even though it’s the decision that,
With two aerial specialists in Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus are a bit of a throwback and present a unique challenge to any defence. It might not provide the most enthralling technical football of the Champions League round of 16, but there’s something wonderfully intriguing about the tie between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, the
Antoine Griezmann‘s deflected volley earned Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday, ending a run of two consecutive defeats for Diego Simeone’s side. Atletico, who welcomed Diego Costa back from a two-month injury layoff as substitute in the 60th minute, struggled in the derby clash against 18th place Rayo.
Diego Costa is set to return for Atletico Madrid at the weekend after more than two months on the sidelines. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has welcomed back “warrior” Diego Costa after the striker was cleared to play on Friday after more than two months out with a foot injury, giving his stumbling side a
Atletico Madrid have severed ties with former academy director Manuel Brinas. Atletico Madrid have relieved youth academy founder Manuel Brinas of his duties after he allegedly abused minors in a school in Madrid prior to joining the club. In an interview with El Pais, the 88-year-old said earlier this week that he had sexually abused
Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid overcame Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano to go second in the La Liga table. Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez is set to miss next week’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg at home to Juventus, although striker Diego Costa and centre-back Stefan Savic may return. Lucas, 22, took a bang
France legend Frank Leboeuf joins ESPN FC to talk the ramifications for PSG should they fail to progress in the Champions League for yet another season. Bayern Munich great Bastian Schweinsteiger throws his support behind Niko Kovac and tells ESPN FC they can get back to the Champions League final this season. Which eight clubs
Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 to climb up to second in La Liga, and are now — aided by Barcelona’s 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao — just six points off the top. Juventus beat Sassuolo 3-0 — Cristiano Ronaldo with a goal and an assist — to go nine points clear of second-placed Napoli.
Real Madrid leapfrogged 10-man Atletico Madrid into second place in La Liga thanks to a 3-1 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. Real took the lead on 15 minutes thanks to Casemiro’s opener but parity did not last long as Antoine Griezmann levelled things up 10 minutes later. Sergio Ramos then put the visitors
Atletico were out-fought, out-thought and out-played by their Madrid rivals, and it’s a defeat that will linger for Simeone & Co. The biggest conclusion from Saturday’s 3-1 win isn’t that Madrid are back in the title race, that Diego Godin‘s final La Liga battle with los Blancos finished in a miserable way for such a
Atletico Madrid fell to their first La Liga defeat in five months as they were beaten 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday, missing a golden chance to close the gap with leaders Barcelona and slipping six points adrift of the Catalans. Alvaro Morata made his debut for Atletico after completing a loan move from Chelsea,
Despite their recent run of victories, ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno shares his concerns with Real Madrid’s consistency, especially in the midfield. Karim Benzema netted his sixth goal in four games as Real Madrid continued their winning ways against Alaves. Ernesto Valverde says he is unsure whether Lionel Messi will be available to face Real Madrid
Atletico trainer Oscar Ortega, far right, has yet to be charged with any crime. Spanish police say Atletico Madrid’s trainer was detained and has been released after being accused of violence against women. Oscar Ortega was taken into custody late Monday and released after appearing before a judge on Tuesday. He was not immediately charged
Spanish prosecutors are seeking a one-year prison sentence for each of the three PSV Eindhoven fans being accused of mocking women who were begging in Madrid’s central Plaza Mayor before a Champions League match in 2016. Prosecutors also want the fans to pay €600 ($685) to each of the four women they “humiliated” at the
Former Atletico Madrid ball boy Alvaro Morata is excited to live a childhood dream after joining the club on an 18-month loan deal from Chelsea despite having played at Real Madrid. Craig Burley breaks down what Gonzalo Higuain will offer Chelsea that Alvaro Morata couldn’t during his time at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata has insisted
Alvaro Morata is coming home, back to where it all began: to a place where he can be happy. His place. That’s the hope, anyway, and for all the doubts, for all the dark days, the hope is never entirely extinguished. Not so long ago, Morata said it would have been “easy” to have left
The FC panel examine which team would win out if Gonzalo Higuain goes to Chelsea, Alvaro Morata joins Atletico Madrid and Krzysztof Piatek moves to Milan. Spain striker Alvaro Morata said on Sunday he had passed a medical at Atletico Madrid, with a loan move to the La Liga side from Chelsea expected to be
Gelson Martins has struggled for playing time in Spain. Monaco have completed the loan signing of Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid. Martins, 23, has made only 12 appearances under manager Diego Simeone since joining them in a controversial move last July when he rescinded his contract at Sporting Lisbon and left the club on a free transfer.
Atletico Madrid moved to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona on Saturday, easing to a 2-0 home win over Getafe in an ill-tempered game which saw the visitors end the game with nine men. Atletico top scorer Antoine Griezmann struck his 10th league goal of the season to give the home side a
Craig Burley breaks down what Gonzalo Higuain will offer Chelsea that Alvaro Morata couldn’t during his time at Stamford Bridge. Gab Marcotti provides an update on Chelsea’s pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, after he was left out of Milan’s squad for the second straight match. Steve Nicol sounds off on Maurizio Sarri’s comments about not being