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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for LaLiga Clash
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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for LaLiga Clash

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has named a 20-man strong squad that will face Real Madrid in today’s La Liga derby clash at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Simeone announced the list in a post via Atletico Madrid’s official website. Atletico Madrid head to the game after beating Villarreal 2-0 last Sunday, Real Madrid played a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad last Monday. Atletico are currently on top of the La Liga table with 58 points from 24 games, while Zinedine Zidane’s side are in the third position with 53 points from 25 games. Atletico Madrid’s squad against Real Madrid: Grbic, Oblak, Renan Lodi, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier, Vrsaljko, Kondogbia, Torreira, Koke, Saul, Lemar, Marcos Illorente, Vitolo, Carrasco, Joao Felix, Suarez, Correa, Dembele. ...
‘I’ll take this to my grave!’ – Barcelona wonderkid Moriba overjoyed after scoring first senior goal
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‘I’ll take this to my grave!’ – Barcelona wonderkid Moriba overjoyed after scoring first senior goal

The youngster's wonder-strike helped seal victory against Osasuna to keep Barca in touch with leaders Atletico Ilaix Moriba said he'll never forget his first Barcelona goal and "will take it to my grave" after he scored in a 2-0 win against Osasuna on Saturday. The 18-year-old collected Lionel Messi’s pass on the edge of the area before cutting on his left foot and curling a wonderful effort into the top corner, doubling Barca's advantage after Jordi Alba's first-half strike. The win moved Ronald Koeman’s side to within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid, who take on their city rivals Real on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for LaLiga Clash Confirmed
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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for LaLiga Clash Confirmed

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has released a 20-man squad to tackle Atletico Madrid in the LaLiga games on Sunday evening. The Frenchman announced the list in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Saturday. Zidane’s men head to the game after playing a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad last Monday, while Atletico Madrid defeated Villarreal 2-0 last Sunday. Real Madrid’s squad against Atletico Madrid: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Altube. Defenders: E. Militão, R. Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, F. Mendy. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco. Forwards: Benzema, Asensio, Lucas V., Vini Jr., Rodrygo, Hugo Duro. The kick-off time for the match is 4 15 pm.
Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Drop Points Against Sociedad
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Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Drop Points Against Sociedad

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted their 1-1 draw at home with Real Sociedad on Monday, was not a missed opportunity to get back into the title race. Zidane also called for calm ahead of Sunday’s clash at leaders Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos would have gone into the weekend’s derby with the chance to move level on points with Atletico had they defeated Sociedad. But in the end, Zidane’s men had to fight for a point, after Vinicius Jr’s late goal cancelled out Portu’s opening goal. “We have to stay calm. We played well and created three or four clear chances but were up against a side that also created chances. Now we need to be patient, keep our cool and rest,” the Frenchman told reporters. “We deserved much more when you look at all the opportu...
Huge Vaccine Centre Set Up In Atletico Madrid Stadium
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Huge Vaccine Centre Set Up In Atletico Madrid Stadium

Atletico Madrid's Wanda stadium on the eastern side of the Spanish capital was transformed into a huge vaccination centre Thursday where firemen, police and civil protection officers got their first jabs against the coronavirus. Around 1,000 people were invited on Thursday to be immunised with the AstraZeneca vaccine at the 68,000-seat venue. "I will continue to be careful and keep my distance, always wear a mask, but at least I will be more relaxed," 53-year-old police officer Maria Teresa Teriza-Hernandez told AFP. The makeshift centre in the home ground of the current leaders of the Spanish league will have the capacity to vaccinate between 350 and 400 people an hour once it is fully up and running. "The goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible. This is a mass vacci...
Chelsea’s Haaland pursuit casts shadow over Abraham & Giroud’s battle for No.9 shirt
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Chelsea’s Haaland pursuit casts shadow over Abraham & Giroud’s battle for No.9 shirt

The Blues duo may both have a big decision to make this summer, if the club goes all out to land the most coveted young forward in football right now Chelsea's interest in signing Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland may be exciting for supporters but it only creates further uncertainty in the minds of the club's current strikers. Olivier Giroud, for example, was the Blues matchwinner in Tuesday's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in Bucharest. His acrobatic overhead kick secured a deserved 1-0 victory that puts Thomas Tuchel's side in an excellent position ahead of a second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 17. However, the 34-year-old has now entered the final five months of his contract but is unwilling to discuss a renewal until the end of the season. And it's easy...
Chelsea vs Man United: They Want to Hurt Us – Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Man United: They Want to Hurt Us – Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has insisted that Manchester United want to hurt his team when both sides clash in the Premier League on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel, who has already met Man United twice during his time at PSG, said the Red Devils like to have space, counter-attack and use their speed to absorb their opponent. The German said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Tuchel’s men head to the game after beating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League 1-0 on Tuesday night. “It helps if you know the style, the strengths and weaknesses. We have a pretty good impression of the style they [Manchester United] play and the spaces they want to hurt us, and their strengths individually and as a group. That helps to prepare,” Tuchel was...
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel speaks on being sacked
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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel speaks on being sacked

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said it does not matter whether he signs a long or short term contract, adding that the club will still sack him if they don’t like him. Tuchel led Chelsea to a 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 first leg in Spain on Tuesday night. The victory means that the German has not tasted defeat as the Blues manager. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager also revealed that the board of the former Premier League and Champions League holders are demanding that he plays and gets the best out of their two expensive players Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. Asked about his short term contract, the German said, “It affects me, but in a very positive way,” Tuchel told Ferdinand 5 Live podcast. “I didn’t like it at first...
Tuchel Issues Strong Warning to Chelsea Players ahead of Man Utd Clash
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Tuchel Issues Strong Warning to Chelsea Players ahead of Man Utd Clash

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned his players not to allow complacency set in, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United. Tuchel was speaking after the Blues’ 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. The win puts the Stamford Bridge side in good stead to qualify for the quarter-final. Chelsea will now return to Premier League action against United, hoping to extend their eight-game unbeaten run under Tuchel. But Tuchel has said they “cannot get comfortable or get lazy” ahead of a crucial four-game stretch in their top four ambitions. Tuchel said: “Honestly, we now play Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds but this is good. We cannot get comfortable or get lazy.”
What We Will do Against Chelsea in Second Leg – Simeone
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What We Will do Against Chelsea in Second Leg – Simeone

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said they will have a lot of work to do ahead of their second leg clash with Chelsea in the Champions League. The LaLiga side lost 1-0 to Thomas Tuchel’s side on Tuesday night. Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the match in the second half. As a result, Simeone’s side will have it all to do at Stamford Bridge in three weeks, as they seek to qualify for the quarter-final. “Looking three weeks ahead is too far. We have a lot of games until then. We will be playing against an opponent with speed and will need to be able to stop it, to deal with forwards like Giroud and other powerful players. “We need to have more of the ball and position ourselves better in attack. We’ll work on it, but we also have an important ga...
We didn’t let Atletico Madrid breathe – Tuchel
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We didn’t let Atletico Madrid breathe – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said his side didn’t allow Atletico Madrid “breathe” as they won 1-0 in their Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night. Olivier Giroud’s stunning overhead kick in the second half proved to be the winner, as the Blues claimed a huge advantage ahead of the second leg. Tuchel admitted he prepared his team to face a defensive Atletico side. Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect. We wanted to be brave and play in their half. “We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counter...
Why I Love Chelsea – Romelu Lukaku
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Why I Love Chelsea – Romelu Lukaku

Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has said that he loves Chelsea because the Stamford Bridge club gave him an opportunity to play in the English Premier League when he was a kid. Lukaku made this known on Tuesday evening during a Question & Answer session with fans on his official Twitter page before Chelsea’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid. The Belgium international while responding to @Nelson6544 who wanted to know how he feels towards Chelsea. The Twitter user asked, “What do you feel towards Chelsea?” And in response, Lukaku said, “Nothing but love. They gave me an opportunity to come to the @premierleague as a kid. “You can’t have everything in life, and I’m cool with that. “I’m glad that experience got me to where I am t...
Barcelona Told Me I Can No Longer Play At A High Level – Luis Suarez
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Barcelona Told Me I Can No Longer Play At A High Level – Luis Suarez

Former Barcelona star man Luis Suarez has revealed why he left the club for Atletico Madrid after playing for them for 6 years. Luis Suarez made the move to Atletico Madrid last September after it was revealed he is no longer needed at Camp Nou. The statement was not accepted by everyone and even Lionel Messi condemned the way Suarez was treated by the Spanish side. Since joining Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez hasn't disappointed as he has continued his fine form in front of the goal and has helped the Madrid side stay top of the La Liga table. Speaking with France Football, Luis Suarez has revealed what Barcelona said to him that made him decide to join Atletico Madrid. “What really bothered me was when they told me that I was old and that I could no longer play at a high le...
Acrobatic Giroud Gives Chelsea Advantage Over Atletico Madrid
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Acrobatic Giroud Gives Chelsea Advantage Over Atletico Madrid

Olivier Giroud's magnificent bicycle kick broke Atletico Madrid's resistance and earned Chelsea a crucial away goal on Tuesday, a 1-0 victory giving Thomas Tuchel's side a slender advantage in the Champions League last 16. Giroud's acrobatic strike was initially ruled out for offside but stood after VAR showed Mario Hermoso had got the final touch, delivering a huge blow to Atletico's hopes of reaching the quarterfinals. "I didn't know what to think about the goal, I just focused on hitting the ball," said Giroud. "I love an overhead kick and I was just pleased to see the ball hit the back of the net. I had no clue about being offside or not." Diego Simeone's side had put on a typically disciplined defensive performance until that point but Giroud's moment of genius me...
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Simeone Pays Tribute to Thomas Tuchel
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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Simeone Pays Tribute to Thomas Tuchel

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has lauded the impact Chelsea head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has had at Stamford Bridge since the German replaced Frank Lampard last month. Simeone said Tuchel, who has won five and drawn two of his last seven games in charge of Chelsea, has already improved the team. Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Chelsea on Tuesday night in Bucharest, Simeone said, “Tuchel has come to a financially very powerful club where year after year they make huge effort to sign big players. “This year, they invested in talented, young footballers, and as soon as the team did not respond as they wanted it to, when they saw the investment did not pay, they made that ...
Champions League is Not My Priority – Chelsea Manager, Tuchel
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Champions League is Not My Priority – Chelsea Manager, Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said the Champions League is not a priority for him. Tuchel stated this on the eve of their last-16 first leg against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday. According to the German who reached the final last season with Paris Saint-Germain, the competition will not take precedence over others. “My priority is the next game we play. “That has never been different and hopefully will never change. It is exactly what I expect from my players and my teams: that when we wear a Chelsea shirt, we play a Chelsea game and that means we play to win and give 100 per cent of effort and intensity. “It’s very nice and exciting to play Champions League games in the knockout stages, but there is no preference,” Tuchel said.
Barcelona Signed Flops to Replace me – Luis Suarez
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Barcelona Signed Flops to Replace me – Luis Suarez

  Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez, has claimed Barcelona told him he was too old to perform at the top level, but signed mediocre players after he left. Suarez left Barca in a transfer Lionel Messi described as “crazy”. The Uruguay international has now gone on to prove the Catalan club were hasty in their actions by firing Diego Simeone’s new team to the summit of LaLiga. “What really bothered me was that they told me that I was old and that I could no longer play at a high level. “Today, we can see that it is not easy to play at Barca. A lot of players who signed there did not have the level that was expected of them. “Me, I played for six years at Barca maintaining a certain level and living up to what was expected of me,” Suarez told France Football. ...
Simeone Names Atletico Madrid Player Chelsea Should Fear
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Simeone Names Atletico Madrid Player Chelsea Should Fear

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said Luis Suarez will instill fear into Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday. Suarez has scored 16 times since moving to Atletico from Barcelona. Simeone’s men now sit top of LaLiga, but the 33-year-old is yet to find the net in four Champions League matches for the club. During his four-year stint with Barcelona, Suarez only scored 10 times in the Champions League and has not netted in an away game in the competition since September 2015. “Luis generates fear in rivals no matter what competition it is,” Simeone told a news conference. “He has skills and qualities that attract a lot of attention from any rival. We’ll talk about his problems scoring away from home when we go to London, but tom...
Mason Mount is Chelsea’s Next Captain – Joe Cole
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Mason Mount is Chelsea’s Next Captain – Joe Cole

  Former Chelsea forward, Joe Cole, has identified midfielder, Mason Mount, as next captain of the club. Mount has been very outstanding for Chelsea since gaining promotion from the youth team. He helped Chelsea record the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday after winning and scoring a penalty at St Mary’s. And Cole, a former England International said Mount will grow to become Chelsea’s skipper. “He’s a great player,” Cole said BT Sport. “He’s a leader in the dressing room and I think he will go on to be a Chelsea captain. “He has great feet and he drove Chelsea on and there is a reason Tuchel has taken to him straightaway and that is because of his personality and because of his quality. “He has a massive future, but forget the future, he is the present...
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel Admits he Tried to Sign Luis Suarez
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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel Admits he Tried to Sign Luis Suarez

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed he tried to sign Luis Suarez while he was coaching Paris Saint-Germain. Suarez left Barcelona for Atletico Madrid last summer, but PSG were one of the clubs interested in signing the 33-year-old. However, the former Liverpool striker decided to remain and has quickly become a key part of Diego Simeone’s side. “It was a possibility. We heard the rumours he was about to leave Barcelona, and who cannot be interested in signing one of the best strikers in world football history and the present?” Tuchel said ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Atletico in Bucharest. “We tried our luck, we did not make it. He decided to stay in Spain, move to Atletico, and has proven his quality. “He is a natural striker, a born striker, and has...
EPL: Swallow it, Expect More of Such Decisions – Thomas Tuchel tells Hudson-Odoi
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EPL: Swallow it, Expect More of Such Decisions – Thomas Tuchel tells Hudson-Odoi

  Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he told forward Callum Hudson-Odoi that subbing on and off again during the second half of their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday was no big deal. The German said that other Chelsea players should expect such decisions and hinted that the England winger could start against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. Hudson-Odoi came off the bench for Chelsea at half-time during our 1-1 draw, before being subbed off again 15 minutes before the end. “It is not a big thing at all for me,” Tuchel said of the decision to sub Hudson-Odoi, according to Chelsea official website. “I have spoken to Callum, and I’ve spoken to the whole group. Sometimes, these things happen in football and it was just my decision. “For m...
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for Champions League Clash
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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for Champions League Clash

Atletico Madrid’s squad to face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg tie on Tuesday night in Bucharest, Romania has been confirmed. Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has named a 21-man squad that has the likes of Luis Suarez, Joao Felix and Dembele in the attack line to tackle Chelsea. Simeone released the list in a post via the club’s official website. Atletico Madrid head to the game after losing 2-0 against Levante in the La Liga on Saturday, while Thomas Tuchel’s side played a 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League. Atletico Madrid’s squad against Chelsea: Grbic, Oblak, San Roman, Renan Lodi, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Alvaro Garcia, Ricard, Kondogbia, Torreira, Koke, Saul, Lemar, Marcos Ilorente, Vitolo, Joao Felix, Suarez, Correa, D...
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed
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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed

Chelsea’s squad to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, first-leg tie in Bucharest, Romania has been confirmed. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, released a list of 23 players to tackle Atletico Madrid in a post via the club’s official website on Monday evening. Tuchel’s men head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Southampton in the Premier League over the weekend, while Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 at home against Levante in the La Liga. The kick-off time for Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea is 9 pm. Chelsea’s squad against Atletico Madrid: Kepa Arrizabalaga Antonio Rudiger Marcos Alonso Andreas Christensen Jorginho N’Golo Kante Tammy Abraham Christian Pulisic Timo Werner Willy Caballero Kurt Zouma Edouard Mendy Mateo Kova...
Tuchel Names Player to Miss Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Match
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Tuchel Names Player to Miss Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Match

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that defender, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in Bucharest. Silva had missed Chelsea’s last four games because of a muscle thigh injury. The 36-year-old sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Tuchel revealed that the Brazilian international again will be missing from his squad. ‘He [Thiago Silva] is not available,” Tuchel said. “He is training right now. We are leaving and he is not available.” Chelsea head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Southampton over the weekend. The kick-off time for Atl...
Thomas Tuchel Begs Hudson-Odoi to be Reliable
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Thomas Tuchel Begs Hudson-Odoi to be Reliable

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed his conversation with Winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, ahead of his side’s Champions League last-16, first-leg tie with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at National Arena in Romania. Tuchel also said he urged Hudson-Odoi to be more “reliable” for Chelsea’s squad when he comes on from the bench. Recall that Hudson-Odoi was a bit disappointed to be named among the substitutes during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s over the weekend. The 20-year-old was brought on for Tammy Abraham at the start of the second half after Takumi Minamino had put Southampton in front. However, the England international lasted just 31 minutes before Hakim Ziyech replaced him in the 76 minutes. “It’s not a big thing at all for me,” Tu...
Thomas Tuchel Singles Out Kante, Zouma for Praise
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Thomas Tuchel Singles Out Kante, Zouma for Praise

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has singled out N’Golo Kante and Kurt Zouma for praise ahead of his side’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at National Arena in Romania. Tuchel said he was very pleased with Kante and Zouma’s performances so far for the club. The German handed Kante and Zouma their first Premier League starts under his tenure over the weekend in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Atletico Madrid, Tuchel was quoted by the Blues’ official website as saying: “It is a process and I have learnt a lot of positives about Zouma. I was very happy with Kurt’s performance. “He performed his role at a top-level, which pleased me.” “With N’Golo, I saw how well he’s been playi...
Atletico Madrid to be Without Key Players for Chelsea Clash
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Atletico Madrid to be Without Key Players for Chelsea Clash

Atlético Madrid have confirmed they will be without three first-team players for Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Chelsea. The LaLiga leaders host Thomas Tuchel’s side in the first ‘home’ leg of their last 16 tie in Bucharest. But Diego Simeone will be without Jose Gimenez, Yannick Carrasco and Sime Vrsaljko. Simeone has confirmed his travelling squad following their shock 2-0 defeat to Levante in the league. Gimenez was forced off against Paco Lopez’s team. He has struggled with persistent muscle injuries since the start of 2021 and he will now join Carrasco and Vrsaljko on the sidelines. Kieran Trippier is unavailable due to an ongoing FIFA suspension lasting until the end of the month, with Marcos Llorente in line to continue as an emergency right wing back....
Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount
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Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount

  Chelsea star, Mason Mount, has revealed why he took the penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. Mount’s penalty and Takumi Minamino’s strike ensured both Chelsea and Southampton shared a point each at St Mary’s. Jorginho has been a regular penalty-taker for the Blues, but the Italy international was off the pitch, while Tammy Abraham, who was ahead of Mount in Chelsea’s queue of penalty-takers, was replaced at half-time. But Mount is now saying that he took the penalty during Chelsea’s clash with Southampton on manager, Thomas Tuchel’s advice. “Tammy was actually taking the first one but obviously he went off at half-time, so it was either me or Timo [Werner],” Mount told Chelsea’s official website. The manager said...
We Believe We can win Title – Real Madrid Midfielder, Casemiro
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We Believe We can win Title – Real Madrid Midfielder, Casemiro

  Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has said that Zinedine Zidane’s side believe they can win the La Liga title after his goal earned a 1-0 win at Real Valladolid on Saturday evening. Casemiro’s goal against Valladolid narrowed the gap with leaders Atletico Madrid to just three points on Saturday. The result came after title favourites Atletico Madrid were beaten 2-0 by Levante earlier on Saturday for their first home La Liga loss since Dec. 2019. “It is not just because Atletico Madrid lost. We believe [we can win] the league,” Casemiro said at a post-match press conference. “I think there are still 42 points left. That is a lot of points. “We know there’s a lot of league left. We know it’s difficult, but we believe in the league.” Real Madrid’s next game is ...
Arsenal vs Man City: Aguero Casts Doubt Over Future Under Guardiola
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Arsenal vs Man City: Aguero Casts Doubt Over Future Under Guardiola

  Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, has admitted he does not know if he will stay at the club beyond this summer. The 32-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the 2020/2021 season. Aguero has become a legend at City since he moved from Atletico Madrid in 2011. He has gone on to become the club’s record goalscorer, winning the Premier League title four times. Aguero was asked about his plans in an interview with YouTuber Inai Lanos and replied: “I finish my contract at the end of the season and I don’t know what to do yet. “The first thing I want to do is play and at the end of the season we will see.” Aguero is back from injury and is set to feature against Arsenal on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola’s men continue to tighten their grip on the top spot....
Champions League: Koeman Speaks on Quitting Barcelona after 4-1 Defeat to PSG
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Champions League: Koeman Speaks on Quitting Barcelona after 4-1 Defeat to PSG

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said it was “crazy” to suggest he should consider his future, following a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Lionel Messi gave the LaLiga giants the lead from the penalty spot. But PSG responded emphatically with a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick and a Moise Kean header, to take a big advantage into next month’s second leg. The loss leaves Barca on the cusp of a second successive trophyless season. They are also eight points behind LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid having played a game more and lost the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal 2-0 against Sevilla last week. “If I was someone who gets happy when we win and then after a result like today said I had no desire to continue, that would be...
Champions League: Draw for Women’s Round of 16 Conducted
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Champions League: Draw for Women’s Round of 16 Conducted

The draw for the women’s Champions League last 16 has been conducted on Tuesday. Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid, while Manchester City takes on Fiorentina. Holders Lyon, who have won a record seven titles and five in a row, have been drawn against Norwegian side Brondby. First legs will be played between March 3 and 4. The return fixtures are expected to take place between March 10 and 11.   FULL DRAW: Wolfsburg (GER) vs LSK Kvinner (NOR) Barcelona (ESP) vs Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) Rosengård (SWE) vs St. Pölten (AUT) BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ) vs Bayern München (GER) Manchester City (ENG) vs Fiorentina (ITA) Sparta Praha (CZE) vs Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) Lyon (FRA) vs Brøndby (DEN) Chelsea (ENG) vs Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Zidane Worried About Real Madrid Injury Crisis
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Zidane Worried About Real Madrid Injury Crisis

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has acknowledged that he is struggling to accept a growing amount of injuries to his first-team players. Los Blancos have improved in recent weeks, winning their last three matches to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. However, Dani Carvajal became the latest player to join the club’s injury list on Sunday after pulling up with an issue during the first half of the game against Valencia. With Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Rodrygo, Federico Valverde and Eder Militao also among his absentees, Zidane has admitted that he has been left frustrated by the situation. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Zidane said: “I don’t understand. There are a lot of injuries, I’m worried. When I lose a player, as a coach it bothers me. It...
Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win
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Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win

Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted that they could still win the league, following their 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday night. Karim Benzema and Mendy scored for Los Blancos in the second half of the match to ensure they got maximum points. The result moved Zidane’s men to within five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. But Real have played two more fixtures than their rivals. “Today we did this because we had to adapt to the situation with lots of absences. We interpreted the match very well and I’m happy for the players, because that’s not easy. We were really good, especially defensively. “I don’t think there are Madridistas who think we can’t win the league. It’s the opposite, they always think we can change things, that’s what we’ll try to do. ...
‘Zidane has enough credit for two seasons without a trophy’ – De la Red defends under-fire Real Madrid boss
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‘Zidane has enough credit for two seasons without a trophy’ – De la Red defends under-fire Real Madrid boss

A former Blancos player and youth coach thinks the Frenchman is being unfairly criticised for the team's erratic form this season Zinedine Zidane has enough "credit" in the bank for two trophyless seasons at Real Madrid, according to Ruben de la Red, who has jumped to the defence of the under-fire boss. The reigning Spanish champions' grip on the Liga trophy is slipping at the halfway stage of the 2020-21 campaign, with arch-rivals Atletico Madrid currently sitting eight points above them at the top of the table with a game in hand. Despite the fact the Blancos gained some much-needed ground by beating Huesca 2-1 at the weekend, pressure continues to build on Zidane with each passing game amid criticism of his managerial approach, but De la Red thinks he deserves more resp...
Barcelona told they made ‘big error’ selling Luis Suarez
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Barcelona told they made ‘big error’ selling Luis Suarez

Celta Vigo striker, Iago Aspas, has insisted that Barcelona made a ‘big error’ by selling Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid. Aspas said this after Suarez netted a record-breaking brace during Atletico Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Monday night at the Wanda Metropolitano. Suarez’s brace against Celta means the Uruguay striker is now the first player to score 16 goals in his first 17 games for a Spanish top-flight team in the 21st century, beating Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals. The 34-year-old left Barcelona for Atletico Madrid last summer transfer window after the Catalan club terminated his contract. “The truth is he [Luis Suarez] is a true forward, a winner even in rondos and training matches. He always gave 200 per cent,” Aspas told Marca. “What you see on...
LaLiga: Luis Suarez Breaks Ronaldo’s Record as Atlético Madrid go Eight Points Clear
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LaLiga: Luis Suarez Breaks Ronaldo’s Record as Atlético Madrid go Eight Points Clear

Luis Suarez continued his brilliant start at Atletico Madrid, with a record-breaking brace in their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Monday night. The Uruguay striker struck just before half-time at the Wanda Metropolitano to make it 1-1, after the visitors had taken the lead through Santi Mina. Suarez struck again early in the second half to give Diego Simeone’s men the lead. The goals took Suarez’s goal tally for Atletico up to 16 in just 17 LaLiga appearances, since arriving from Barcelona last summer. The 34-year-old is the first player to score 16 goals in his first 17 games for a team in the Spanish top-flight in the 21st century. The previous best of 15 goals in the same number of matches was set by Cristiano Ronaldo during his stunning start to his successful spell at...
Barcelona Letting Luis Suarez Leave Is The Strangest Transfer Decision In Recent Memory
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Barcelona Letting Luis Suarez Leave Is The Strangest Transfer Decision In Recent Memory

  Barcelona forcing Luis Suarez out of the club and letting him join rivals Atletico Madrid is the worst transfer decision in modern football. The Uruguayan striker has scored 16 goals in 17 La Liga games for Atletico, breaking a record held by Cristiano Ronaldo (when he joined Real Madrid) for the fastest player to reach that total at a new club this century. Astonishing. Atletico Madrid are runaway Liga leaders: eight points above Barcelona and Real Madrid, and with a game in hand. All this with a player Barcelona were actively trying to get rid of for nothing. No wonder Lionel Messi was fuming this summer after his close friend was pushed out of Camp Nou. The player actually looked set to leave on a free to Juventus, having reportedly been told by Barcelona's incomin...
LaLiga: 85 Percent of Referees are From Madrid, they Favour Real Madrid – Gerard Pique
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LaLiga: 85 Percent of Referees are From Madrid, they Favour Real Madrid – Gerard Pique

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has said that referees in LaLiga favour Real Madrid. Pique said this while discussing Barcelona’s decision to let top Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez join Atletico Madrid and his(Pique) relationship with Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos. “The other day a former referee said that 85 per cent of the referees are from Madrid,” Pique said in an interview with Post United. “How are they not going to whistle in favour of Madrid? Even unconsciously, how are they not going to give more for one side than the other?” Pique had called for changes in Barcelona, following their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the ChampionsLeague. This was after Barca were eliminated from the competition in the quarter-final stage for the second time in thr...
Champions League Squad: UEFA Confirms Changes for Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, other clubs
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Champions League Squad: UEFA Confirms Changes for Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, other clubs

UEFA has disclosed that the sixteen clubs in the Champions League round of 16 have confirmed their squad changes ahead of the first-leg tie on February 16 and 17. The Europe top football body disclosed this in a post via its website on Wednesday. The sixteen teams in the Champions League round of 16 are Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Lazio, Leipzig, Liverpool, Manchester City, Mönchengladbach, Porto and Sevilla. Recall that each club left in the competition was permitted to register three new eligible A list players by midnight on Tuesday 2 February. Below are the changes made by each clubs: Atalanta: In: Joakim Maehle, Boško Šutalo Out: Fabio Depaoli, Alejandro Gómez, Johan Mojica, Cr...
Atletico Madrid Forward, Joao Felix Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Atletico Madrid Forward, Joao Felix Tests Positive for Coronavirus

La Liga League leaders, Atletico Madrid has announced that forward Joao Felix is now the third player in two weeks to test positive for Covid-19. "Joao Felix has tested positive for Covid-19. The striker is isolating at home, in compliance with the health authorities' guidelines and La Liga protocols," Atletico said in a statement on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Portuguese youngster joins teammates Yannick Carrasco and Mario Hermoso, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, on the sidelines. Carrasco and Hermoso missed Atletico's 4-2 win at Cadiz on Sunday, but club record-signing Felix started and played 60 minutes yet will now be unavailable for Monday's clash at home to Celta Vigo. Felix, who moved to Atletico from Benfica for a club-record £113m in the summer of 201...
Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman
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Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman

The Blaugrana boss says it was a "tough decision" for the club to offload the striker, but one that he believes was correct at the time Ronald Koeman has admitted that Luis Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid "would have been better" for Barcelona. Suarez's hugely successful six-year career at Camp Nou came to an end when he left the club to join Atletico in a €6 million (£5m/$7m) deal during the summer transfer window. Koeman deemed the Uruguayan surplus to requirements after being appointed as the Blaugrana's new permanent coach, with the Rojiblancos ultimately winning the race for his signature ahead of Serie A giants Juventus.
‘I gained 14kg at Real Madrid eating Nutella straight from the jar’ – Cassano admits ‘huge regret’ at Capello bust-up
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‘I gained 14kg at Real Madrid eating Nutella straight from the jar’ – Cassano admits ‘huge regret’ at Capello bust-up

The former Italy international admits he 'did everything and more' to sabotage his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, and regrets it to this day Antonio Cassano says he gained 14 kilograms at Real Madrid by eating Nutella straight from the jar. The former Italy international arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu with a growing reputation in January 2006 after scoring 52 goals in five seasons at Roma. The now-retired Cassano started promisingly enough with a match-winning performance against Atletico Madrid but eventually fell out with manager Fabio Capello and left for Sampdoria having scored only twice in 19 appearances in La Liga.  
Luis Suarez: Barca Gift Atletico Madrid The La Liga Trophy
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Luis Suarez: Barca Gift Atletico Madrid The La Liga Trophy

Luis Suarez is the only player in La Liga to beat Lionel Messi to the Pichipichi trophy - the top scorer award in Spain while playing the same team with the Argentine and Barcelona gave him for free and even paid off his remaining contract to sign for Atletico Madrid and now they are easing away with the La Liga trophy. The Uruguayan joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014 with a ban which kept him out of play for over 4 months but yet the Blaugrana signed him. This act endeared Barcelona to Suarez - giving them the very best a team can ask for - scoring goals non-stop. Over a period of 6 years - 283 appearances, he scored 195 goals and 113 assists. That is an incredible return for a player playing with Lionel Messi as the world-class status of the Argentine has kept players f...
Suarez Strikes Again As Atletico March On With Valencia Win
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Suarez Strikes Again As Atletico March On With Valencia Win

Luis Suarez scored a brilliant team goal as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 on Sunday and move seven points clear at the top of La Liga. After Real Madrid thrashed Alaves on Saturday, Barca had earlier followed suit with a scrappy victory over Elche. But Atletico was undeterred in the capital, as their considerable advantage was restored again, with a game in hand. “We don’t get carried away or think too far ahead, we think about getting better,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. Suarez finished off a flowing move that had started almost on Atletico’s goal-line before substitute Angel Correa capped another slick string of passes to end Valencia’s resistance. The visitors had taken an early lead in stunning fashion, Uros Racic curling into the top c...
Rasheedat Ajibade Helps Atletico Madrid Win Spanish Women’s Super Cup
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Rasheedat Ajibade Helps Atletico Madrid Win Spanish Women’s Super Cup

Super Falcons star Rasheedat Ajibade was in action for Atletico Madrid as they defeated Levante 3-0 in the final of the 2020/2021 Spanish Women’s Super Cup on Saturday. It was Atletico Madrid’s first ever Spanish Women’s Super Cup title. Ajibade, who joined Atletico from Norwegian side Avaldnes on 1st of January 2021, was introduced with eight minutes remaining in the final. Three first half goals from Deyna Castellanos and Indomitable Lioness star Ajara Nchout sealed the comfortable win. Castellanos put Atletico 1-0 ahead before Nchout doubled their lead on 22 minutes. And in the 32nd minute Nchout got her second goal to make it 3-0 in favour of Atletico. To get to the final Ajibade and her Atletico teammates eliminated Asisat Oshoala’s Barcelona on penalty shootout in...
Onuachu Set To Join Ligue 1 Club Olympic Lyon
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Onuachu Set To Join Ligue 1 Club Olympic Lyon

Super Eagles forward Paul Onuachu is set to join Ligue 1 club Olympic Lyon on a permanent de, l according to several reports. Lyon lined up Onuachu as replacement for Moussa Dembele who left the club for LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid this week. The move is expected to cost Lyon around €20m, while the striker will sign a five-year contract with the club. The 26-year-old has been in blistering form in the Belgian Pro League this season, with 19 goals and two assists in 19 games for KRC Genk. The Nigeria international, who only linked up with Genk two years ago from Danish outfit FC Miidtylland has a contract until June 2024.
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone named Coach of the Decade ahead of Zidane, Guardiola, Klopp and Mourinho despite winning just one league title
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Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone named Coach of the Decade ahead of Zidane, Guardiola, Klopp and Mourinho despite winning just one league title

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone has been named Coach of the Decade despite winning just one league title. The Argentine saw off competition from the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho to be declared Coach of the Decade by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), which unveiled the 20 best head coaches in club football. Simeone (152 points) pipped Pep Guardiola (144 points) to the award, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp third on 105 points. In a statement, the IFFHS noted: 'Simeone realized a great performance with his club Atletico Madrid in this decade: 1 LaLiga title, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Super Copa Espana, 2 UEFA Europa League titles, 2 UEFA Super Cup titles and 2 times Runner-Up in UEFA Champions League Finals. 'His regu...
‘I feel the support of the club’ – Zidane adamant he has full backing at Real Madrid
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‘I feel the support of the club’ – Zidane adamant he has full backing at Real Madrid

The embattled head coach says he feels comfortable at Santiago Bernabeu and his players are ready ahead of a trip to Sevilla on Saturday Under-fire Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is convinced he retains the full support of the club and his players amid a difficult run of results. Madrid head to Sevilla on Saturday having failed to win any of their previous three Liga matches, suffering losses to Valencia and Deportivo Alaves either side of a draw with Villarreal. Los Blancos have never endured a winless run of four league games under Zidane, and the champions are already seven points adrift of pacesetters Real Sociedad, although arguably the greater concern is second-place Atletico Madrid.
Pirlo praises ‘more mature’ Morata as Juventus claim comfortable Champions League win
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Pirlo praises ‘more mature’ Morata as Juventus claim comfortable Champions League win

The Spaniard has enjoyed a strong return to Turin with his manager thoroughly impressed with what he's seen Andrea Pirlo says Alvaro Morata is playing "free of pressure" after another impressive display from the on-loan striker in the Champions League on Wednesday. Morata, who returned to Juve on a temporary basis from Atletico Madrid in September, took his tally in this season's competition to six goals with the third in the Bianconeri's 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev. Juve – who had already secured their last-16 spot after three wins from their opening four games – had earlier gone ahead thanks to Federico Chiesa's first Juve strike and Cristiano Ronaldo's 750th career goal.