ATLETICO MADRID

  • Leverkusen edge Atletico 1-0 in first leg of last-16 Champions League tie 3 days ago

    Leverkusen: Hakan Calhanoglu's second-half strike gave Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 home win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, leaving it all to play for in the second leg. Karim Bellarabi set up Calhanoglu in the 57th minute. It looked like the Germany midfielder wasted...
  • La Liga will be decided on final day, predicts Ancelotti 6 days ago

    Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still expects the title to be decided on the final day of the campaign. Real took full advantage of Barca's 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga...
  • La Liga: Barcelona look to pile pressure on Real Madrid by beating Malaga February 21, 2015

    Luis Suarez's stunning goal last weekend was outshone by the exploits of hat-trick man Lionel Messi but the bicycle kick strike could be just what the Uruguay forward needed after a stuttering start in Spain. Messi netted a record-equalling 23rd La Liga treble in the 5-0 victory at home to Levante...
  • Atletico Madrid even stronger than last season: Juanfran February 14, 2015

    After they sold top scorer Diego Costa and fullback Felipe Luis to Chelsea, some predicted Atletico Madrid would struggle to repeat their achievements in 2013-14 when they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final. The high-profile departures also included goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who returned to parent club Chelsea after...
  • La Liga: Atletico thrash Real 4-0 in Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid thrashed crosstown rival Real Madrid 4-0 in a dominant derby performance on Saturday that threw open the Spanish league title race. The defending champion set the tone from the start as Tiago Cardoso and substitute Saul Niguez scored early before Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic sealed Atletico's most...
  • Diego Simeone rejects claims of violent play ahead of Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has said his side won't change its way of play despite accusations of at times being excessively violent in its style of football. Speaking to the press Friday ahead of the sixth Madrid derby of the season against Real Madrid, Simeone was asked about the...
  • La Liga: Ronaldo returns to lead injury-hit Real at Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid will hope Cristiano Ronaldo's return from suspension will be enough to overcome a spate of injuries when they visit Atletico Madrid on Saturday in another rematch of last season's Champions League final. James Rodriguez joined Madrid's list of injured players when he broke a bone in his right...
  • Atletico's aerial strength a worry for derby: Carlo Ancelotti February 6, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits that Atletico Madrid's aerial strength against his side's inexperienced defence is cause for concern ahead of Saturday's La Liga derby. Real's regular centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Pepe are injured while left-back Marcelo is also suspended for the game, when victory for leaders Real would...
  • Losing Madrid derby wouldn't end La Liga hopes: Diego Godin February 5, 2015

    Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin said that losing Saturday's 'derby' against Real Madrid would not entail his team giving up in the race to win the coveted Spanish La Liga championship. At a press conference Wednesday, the Uruguayan defender explained: "We aspire to win and gain some points off Real, reducing...
  • Diego Simeone proud of Atletico Madrid's rebellious streak January 29, 2015

    London: Atletico Madrid went too far in a bid to unsettle Barcelona in their King's Cup defeat on Wednesday but coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team's rebellious streak. Simeone's side ended with nine players and could have had others sent off as they adopted an overly physical approach in...
  • Copa Del Rey: Neymar double sends Barca into semi-finals January 29, 2015

    Neymar struck twice as Barcelona came from behind to seal a 3-2 victory over nine-man Atletico Madrid and reach the King's Cup semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday. Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead inside the first minute with a precise strike from the edge of the area but Barca have clicked...
  • Copa del Rey quarters look finely balanced for return legs January 28, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have to overturn a one-goal deficit at home against FC Barcelona Wednesday night as both sides look to book their places in the semi-finals of the Spanish King's Cup. With Real Madrid apparently unstoppable in the La Liga, the Cup perhaps offers the best chance for domestic honours for...
  • Koke commits future to Atletico Madrid January 28, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke says he is reluctant to leave the Spanish football club despite lucrative offers from abroad. English clubs Manchester United and Arsenal are believed to be interested in the playmaker. But the Spanish international, approaching his 200th club appearance ahead of his 23rd birthday, said he wants...
  • Torres' return to Atletico Madrid good for him and Spain: Del Bosque January 24, 2015

    Madrid: Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has expressed his delight at the return of striker Fernando Torres to La Liga holders Atletico Madrid and has predicted that it will be good "for him" and also for the national football team as it will be easier to keep track of the...
  • Atletico Madrid made it difficult for Barcelona: Andres Iniesta January 22, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona midfield maestro Andres Iniesta says he is satisfied with a 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Atletico Madrid as Diego Simeone's men made it hard for them to play their game at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi's late strike, a follow-up to his own missed penalty, gave the Catalans...
  • Copa Del Rey: Messi strikes to give Barcelona edge over Atletico January 22, 2015

    Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Barca dominated possession against the La Liga champions but Atletico defended stoutly and held the record Cup...
  • Fernando Torres finds different Atletico Madrid beast on return January 19, 2015

    Madrid: When Fernando Torres left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool in 2007, the idea of the Spanish capital's second club being favourites to beat record winners Barcelona in a two-legged King's Cup tie would have been unthinkable. Now that the 30-year-old Spain forward is back in his boyhood team on loan, he...
  • Barcelona looking to improve away form on Coruna trip January 17, 2015

    Barcelona: If Barcelona are to overhaul leaders Real Madrid and wrest the La Liga title back from Atletico Madrid for a fifth Spanish top-flight triumph in seven years they will have to improve their form away from home. Barca have won eight out of nine games at their Nou Camp stadium,...
  • Fernando Torres back with a double bang against Real Madrid January 16, 2015

    Fernando Torres stole the show with a dramatic double as Atletico Madrid secured a battling 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Thursday that dumped the holders out of the King's Cup 4-2 on aggregate. Back at his boyhood club after seven years of mixed fortunes in England and Italy, Torres stunned...
  • I'm not from another planet: Cristiano Ronaldo January 16, 2015

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo apologised to Real Madrid fans after his miraculous powers deserted him as the holders were knocked out of the King's Cup by city rivals Atletico Madrid on Thursday. Ronaldo showed off the third FIFA Ballon d'Or award he won this week to fans at the Bernabeu before kickoff...
  • Carlo Ancelotti wants 'positive aggression' for Atletico clash January 14, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants what he termed "positive aggression" from his players in Thursday's King's Cup clash at home to Atletico Madrid, when the holders will seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit from last week's last 16, first leg. Atletico have had the upper hand over their city...
  • Atletico Madrid must not relax against Real Madrid: Diego Simeone January 14, 2015

    Madrid: Reigning La Liga champion Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone has told his players to be humble as they prepare for their vital Kings Cup second leg tie against crosstown rivals Real Madrid on Thursday. Goals from Raul Garcia and Jose Gimenez last week gave Atletico a 2-0 win over their...
  • Copa Del Rey: Atletico poised to eliminate Cup holders Real January 14, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have the perfect chance to lift morale after Sunday's La Liga defeat at Barcelona when they play their King's Cup last 16, second leg at bitter local rivals Real Madrid on Thursday. Atletico have a 2-0 advantage over the holders from last week's first leg at the Calderon and...
  • Atletico must avoid another weak start, warns Juanfran January 13, 2015

    Atletico Madrid must avoid another poor first-half showing if they are to protect their 2-0 lead over Real Madrid in the King's Cup on Thursday and advance to the quarter-finals, according to fullback Juanfran. Atletico go into the last 16, second leg at Real's Bernabeu stadium following Sunday's 3-1 La Liga...
  • Suarez, Messi score as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 in La Liga January 12, 2015

    Lionel Messi scored one goal and set up two more for Neymar and Luis Suarez as Barcelona beat defending champion Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Sunday, rejuvenating their Spanish league title bid amid a chaotic week for the Catalan club. Stifled by Atletico in six winless meetings last season, Messi shredded its...
  • In-form Atletico Madrid seek to pile pressure on Barcelona January 10, 2015

    Barcelona: In-form Atletico Madrid will aim to pile pressure on a Barcelona side reeling from a rift between coach Luis Enrique and star player Lionel Messi in a crunch La Liga clash on Sunday. It was an all-or-nothing match last time, the two sides met at the Camp Nou in the...
  • Torres returns as Atletico beat Real Madrid 2-0 in Copa del Rey January 8, 2015

    Fernando Torres made a winning return to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday as the Spanish league champions secured an impressive 2-0 victory over city rival Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. Midfielder Raul Garcia converted a 57th minute penalty in the first leg match of the Copa's last 16, before Jose...
  • Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet in Copa del Rey January 6, 2015

    Spain: Fernando Torres could make his Atletico Madrid return seven years after last wearing the red and white-striped shirt when the defending league champions host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. The first leg of the last 16 brings together the winners of the last two cups. Madrid...
  • Fernando Torres in line for Atletico return in Madrid derby January 5, 2015

    Atletico Madrid's prodigal son Fernando Torres could make his return in a heated derby with Real Madrid on Wednesday in the last 16 of the King's Cup if he looks sharp in training, coach Diego Simeone has said. The former Atletico captain, who played 244 games for his home-town club where...
  • Fernando Torres unveiled in return to Atletico Madrid January 4, 2015

    Madrid: Fernando Torres said on Sunday that he had returned to Atletico Madrid to rekindle his competitive spirit with his boyhood club. Torres was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the packed Vicente Calderon Stadium while waiting for his loan from AC Milan to become official when the Italian...