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Diego Simeone hailed Atletico Madrid’s ‘excellent’ squad depth after watching his side finally beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 in a European final. “The substitutions were very good, they gave us extra energy and legs, Correa, Thomas and Vitolo. During an extraordinary night for Costa, they gave us extra strength,” said the Coach after Wednesday’s [...]

Atletico Win UEFA Super Cup

Sergio Ramos and Diego Costa were back to their antagonising best in the UEFA Super Cup but it was a Saul wonder goal that made sure Atletico Madrid lifted the trophy. The Spain midfielder smashed a volley past Keylor Navas from Thomas Partey’s cross in extra-time to leave Diego Simeone celebrating in the main stand [...]

While the white half of Madrid that has been once again grabbing all the headlines this summer, the red half of Madrid has been quietly preparing themselves for the Madrid derby and the UEFA Super Cup in less than 10 days. On Monday Atletico welcomed back Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez. There arrival comes a [...]

Brilliant Ronaldo Rules Madrid Derby

Cristiano Ronaldo is going to win Real Madrid the Champions League again. And he is going to win himself another Ballon d’Or. The Real Madrid striker is in arguably the best form of his career after scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final against city rivals Atletico Madrid. In his last three Champions League [...]

Victory in the Champions League final on Saturday could rest on how well either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid defends, but both have a much different approach to that particular area of the game. There is no better defence in Europe than that of Atleti, who only conceded 18 league goals in this campaign while [...]

Two very different midfield styles will be on display in Saturday’s Champions League final in Milan but the midfield battle will be key to where the game is won or lost. Real Madrid boast a finely tuned midfield, while Atletico Madrid are more renowned for their heart and physicality in the centre of the pitch.Real [...]

Real Madrid supporters used to drape a huge banner behind the south goal at the Bernabeu to ridicule their city neighbours ahead of Madrid derbies. It read: ‘Wanted: respectable rival for a decent derby’. Atletico were on a 13-year run of never having beaten Real at the time. Those were the dark days before the [...]

All Even In Madrid Derby

A late Luciano Vietto goal earned Atletico Madrid a point in a Madrid derby that failed to live up to its billing. But Real has to thank goalkeeper Keylor Navas for even that point and he saved Los Blancos from defeat by stopping a penalty shot and making some superb saves in the last minutes, [...]

Real Madrid will be without James Rodriguez for Sunday’s derby with Atletico Madrid, but Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale are available. Marca had reported this week that James was recovering from his thigh injury ahead of schedule and would be back for the derby, but he was absent from the team’s final training session ahead [...]

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid battled, literally,to a 0-0 first-leg draw at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday. This was not a match for the uncommitted. Every ball and challenge was heavily contested in a game that threatened to boil over at times, but never did. The visitors had by far the better of the chances, [...]