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Barcelona, Featured, Real Madrid

La Liga sides must re-strategize ahead of next season’s UCL

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League has reached its quarterfinal stage and the going can only get tough for the sides that have made it thus far in the competition. However, one country, whose clubs have been mainstays in this stage of the competition saw the majority of their clubs fall short this season and it may just be a one-off, hopefully so. La Liga clubs have been dominant in the UCL in the past decade but the ongoing season has seen them flatter to deceive, with just one club making it past the round of 16 stage. Real Madrid will be the only club representing Spain any further in the competition and if the La Liga is to have any hopes of boasting of their clubs' triumph in the competition, then all hope lies on Los Blancos. READ: Silva – Partey is the type of player that...
Barcelona, Featured, Real Madrid

The 2020/21 La Liga title race just got hotter and fiercer

Football is a sport where fortunes can change in an instant, and this has been the case on several occasions in the round leather game. We've seen such cases on the pitch with regards to full-time results as well as in the pursuit of domestic league titles across the major football leagues, amongst others. We're seeing one instance in the 2020/21 La Liga season where most of us thought that Diego Simeone's impressive Atletico Madrid had run away with the league title as major and perennial contenders in the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid continued to falter. However, they won't be running away with it because we now have a tough and competitive race for the title. Therefore, this begs the question; Can Atletico Madrid overcome the pressure being mounted by the two teams dir...
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Atletico Madrid players to return to training on Friday

Atletico Madrid players could resume training on Friday as Spain continues to make progress in easing COVID-19 lockdown measures based on reports by the Spanish media. The prime minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, last week outlined a four-phase plan to ensure that the country moves past the quarantine phase. Speaking about the plans for the first phase, he said: "Professional sportspeople will be able to train individually from May 4." The phase which is set to begin as early as May 11 will see training conducted in small groups. Due to the recent development, a report by Marca claims that Atletico players are expected to return to the club's training complex for individual training routines from Friday. READ: Lauren – Arsenal’s invincibles always fought in training Players w...
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Costa says Conte wouldn’t last a season at Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has opined that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's management style is suspicious and is preventing him from establishing himself as a top manager. Costa played under Conte at Chelsea in the 2016/17 season, scoring 20 goals in the Italian's Premier League title-winning debut season at Stamford Bridge. However, they fell out after Conte told Costa that he wasn't part of his plans for the 2017/18 season, and this was believed to be due to Costa's attempt to leave Chelsea in January of the previous season for the highly lucrative Chinese Super League. The Spain international was finally sold back to Atletico Madrid in September in January 2018. It was not long before Conte was also shown the exit door from Chelsea, although he ensured that Chelsea...
Chelsea, News

Chelsea and Atletico battle for Stoke youngster Sankoh

A report by Goal suggests that Chelsea are battling with Atletico Madrid over Stoke City starlet Mohamed Sankoh. The report claims that both clubs have held talks with the promising forward. The 16-year-old has been prolific for the Stoke Under-18 side this season, scoring 9 goals and registering 9 assists. Sankoh joined Stoke with his brother Abdul from Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam in 2018. The Blues could be favorites to land the youngster as he was a teammate of Blues starlet Ian Maatsen in the Dutch side that emerged victoriously in last year's Under-17 European Championship. READ: Italy not yet prepared to set date for Serie A training Chelsea's academy is one of the best in the world in recent years with the Blues cashing in on academy graduates. However, they're now integrat...
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Thomas Partey’s agents deny ongoing talks with Arsenal

The representatives of Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey have denied that the player is in talks to join Arsenal after the Ghanaian's father, on Tuesday, claimed that negotiations on a move to the Emirates were ongoing. Jacob Partey, his father, claimed that he had confirmed from his son that Arsenal were in talks to sign him. ‘I called my son after hearing the rumors and he told me that the rumors are true,’ Jacob Partey, said in a chat with Tru FM’s Sports World Show READ: Jorginho close to a new contract amid exit rumors, says agent ‘He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal. It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding. If he goes to Arsenal fine, they have a lot supporters in Ghana. ‘I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal. What they are ...
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Trippier hits back at Klopp for criticizing Atletico’s style of play

Kieran Trippier has hit back at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for criticizing Atletico Madrid's style of play, claiming that winning matters most. According to Klopp, the La Liga outfit could play proper football with the talented players at their disposal instead of sitting back so much after their UCL round-of-16 triumph over the Reds. Diego Simeone's men won 3:2 at Anfield with just 29% possession but Trippier came to the defense of their tactics, pointing out that it proved effective over the two legs and on the night. “People have this perception that we’re a defensive side, but I think they’re getting too carried away with the way we played against Liverpool,” said the Atletico and Three Lions defender. “If you go there and go toe-to-toe with Liverpool, you’re going to get bea...
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Klopp not blaming Adrian for errors which led to Liverpool’s elimination

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he does not blame goalkeeper Adrian for his mistake which allowed Atletico Madrid to get back into the game and end Liverpool's reign as European champions. The Reds were ahead on aggregate after Roberto Firmino's goal only for Adrain to fluff a kick to Joao Felix with Marcos Llorente subsequently scoring from the pass that ensued. Llorente went on to score again before another substitute Alvaro Morata scored the winner in the 120th minute for Diego Simeone's men to drive the spear further into Anfield hearts. "He's a man and he knows that's how it is. We will not blame him for a second - what you (the media) do, I don't know but stay respectful, that would be really nice," said Klopp, who finally lost his first two-legged European tie since taking t...
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Atletico plan to appeal £10k fine for ‘Griezmann die’ chants

Atletico Madrid are getting set to appeal a fine of €12,000 (£10,000) which they were hit with by the Spanish FA after chants of 'Griezmann die' were heard during the game against Barcelona. The chants were heard from the home section of the crowd in the La Loga fixture last December when Antoine Grizemann played against Atletico Madrid for the first time after his summer move to the Camp Nou. Subsequently, an investigation was launched into the incident at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. A report from Cadena Ser says the fine has been imposed on Atletico who eventually lost 1 nil. According to ESPN, the club are planning to appeal against the fine. There has been an ongoing feud between the player and the Atletico fands who were not very close with the forward in his time at the cl...
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Saul Niguez – We can hurt Liverpool

Saul Niguez believes that Atletico Madrid can hurt Liverpool when both sides meet in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday. Diego Simeone's men welcome the Premier League's highflyers at the same venue where the Reds emerged as UCL winners last season with a 2 nil win against Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool are favorites following Atletico Madrid's poor run of form with just 1 win in their last 7 games although Saul has insisted that they can surprise bookmakers and get the fans back on their side. "There's no memory in football: What you did yesterday is no use. We had a good run before Christmas then we fell away and it was hard. People wanted to kill us. Do I think it's unfair?  "Honestly, yes. But it's life. People wh...