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Champions League final: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - SWOT Analysis
Champions League final: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - SWOT Analysis

The Champions League final will be keenly contestedAny Madrid derby is always a match to savour. Throw in the small matter of a Champions League final and we definitely have a match which will capture any football fan’s imagination. Real Madrid look like a new team ever since Zidane has taken over while Atletico Madrid have looked like the most organised team in Europe under Diego Simeone. Their different approaches to Saturday&rs

May 26 2016
'Atletico more ready than two years ago'
'Atletico more ready than two years ago'

Madrid, May 25 (IANS) Former Atletico Madrid winger Francisco Narvaez Kiko feels the capital football club is now more ready for Saturday's Champions League final, compared to 2014 when it team lost the Champions League final 1-4 to Real Madrid in Lisbon. "I see Atletico is more ready now. Two years ago Arda Turan had some problems and Diego Costa was injured. But now, I feel the team is better, physically and mentally," Kiko said. Kiko, who wo

May 25 2016
Torres says winning Champions League with Atletico would surpass 2012 win with Chelsea
Torres says winning Champions League with Atletico would surpass 2012 win with Chelsea

Fernando Torres has found a new lease of life at Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has claimed that winning the Champions League trophy in 2012 when he was at Chelsea cannot be compared if his side were to win the title this season. The Rojiblancos face off against derby rivals Real Madrid on Friday at the illustrious San Siro in Milan.Torres spent three-and-a-half seasons at Chelsea after making a then British transfer

May 24 2016
Fernando Torres focusing on Champions League final despite Euro 2016 exclusion
Fernando Torres focusing on Champions League final despite Euro 2016 exclusion

Torres has scored 12 goals this season for AtleticoSpanish star striker Fernando Torres is not letting his Euro 2016 snub stop him from focusing on leading his club Atletico Madrid to a maiden Champions League triumph over rivals Real Madrid. Torres, who has not played for Spain since the 2014 World Cup, has been in fine form for Atletico this season, with his goals helping the club to a third-place finish in La Liga and a Champions League final

May 19 2016
Spain announce preliminary 25 man Euro 2016 squad
Spain announce preliminary 25 man Euro 2016 squad

Spain will be looking to win their third consecutive EurosSpain manager Vicente Del Bosque has announced his preliminary 25 man squad for the Euros to be held in France this year. Their squad contains a good mix of youth and experience with many players having had wonderful seasons for their respective clubs. However, it also has some surprising inclusions and omissions.Iker Casillas has not had the best of seasons at Porto, but he is one of

Fernando Torres hopes to be in Vicente del Bosque's plans for Euro 2016
Fernando Torres hopes to be in Vicente del Bosque's plans for Euro 2016

Torres has been in decent form in the last monthAtletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres says he will be delighted to return to the Spanish national team in the coming European Championships.The 32-year-old, who scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship final and was top scorer in the 2012 tournament, has netted 38 goals in 110 appearances for his country but has not played since Spain's disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign, r

May 13 2016
UEFA Champions League: Fernando Torres confident ahead of final against Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League: Fernando Torres confident ahead of final against Real Madrid

Fernando Torres will be looking for another Champions League medal Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres expects that the UEFA Champions League final between his team and Real Madrid will be different from all other previous clashes between the Spanish capital football clubs. Atletico face Real in the Champions League final on 28 May in Milan's San Siro Stadium. While Atletico moved past Bayern Munich in the semi-final, Real got t

May 13 2016
Atletico Madrid - Where there's guts, there's glory
Atletico Madrid - Where there's guts, there's glory

Diego Simeone will be leading Atletico Madrid to their second Champions League final in the space of three seasonsOnce upon a time in Spain – 87 years ago – to be precise, the pioneers of Spanish football established the Primera Liga. Ten teams took part in the league and in the end, Barcelona won. Two years later, more teams took part in the league and Real Madrid won. By the end of the Second World War, the league was back at full f

May 6 2016
UEFA Champions League: Fernando Torres says he is saving a goal for the final
UEFA Champions League: Fernando Torres says he is saving a goal for the final

Torres’ penalty was saved by Neuer in the semi-finalCapital football club Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres on Thursday said he is saving a goal for the UEFA Champions League final, after he failed to score a penalty against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.In a video posted on Atletico's official website, the Spanish forward joked with his teammate Saul Niguez, while the team was celebrating its advance to the final for the

May 5 2016
UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich 2-1 Atletico Madrid - 5 talking points
UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich 2-1 Atletico Madrid - 5 talking points

Atletico Madrid players celebrate reaching another finalSaul Niguez’s brilliant first-leg goal came back to haunt Bayern Munich as the Bavarians won 2-1 against Atletico Madrid on the night but lost to Diego Simeone’s side on away goals at the Allianz Arena in Munich.Bayern Munich went into the match looking to overturn a one-goal deficit, with manager Pep Guardiola facing immense pressure from both fans as well as the media over

May 4 2016
Atletico Madrid go through to UEFA Champions League final after Griezmann's away goal denies Bayern
Atletico Madrid go through to UEFA Champions League final after Griezmann's away goal denies Bayern

Griezmann scored the vital away goal for Atletico Madrid yet againBayern Munich won the game 2-1 but lost the tie 2-2 on aggregate, with Antoine Griezmann earned Atletico a spot in the UEFA Champions League final. Alonso scored the opener for Bayern, with Muller missing a penalty later, while Griezmann scored early in the second half only for Lewandowski to score with 15 minutes to go, as Torres missed a penalty late on as well.Lineups:Bayern Mun

May 4 2016
Fernando Torres says Bayern Munich is the toughest team Atletico Madrid have faced this season
Fernando Torres says Bayern Munich is the toughest team Atletico Madrid have faced this season

Fernando Torres has been in good form for Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich in the crucial second leg of their Champions League semi-final and ahead of the big match, the Spaniard heaped praise on their German opposition. Torres also spoke about how the whole team stood together."The most important thing is that we know who we are," he explained."We are nothing if we are not a team. As a team we can beat anyone.&

May 3 2016
Fernando Torres doesn't want a return to the Spanish National team
Fernando Torres doesn't want a return to the Spanish National team

El Nino is backFernando Torres is experiencing a second wind, back at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid. The striker was very unlucky not to score when he hit the inside of the post against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.The former Liverpool forward looks like he’s back to his best, doing what he does best tormenting defences with his skill and goals. He suffered a torrid time while he was at Chelsea. In 110 appeara

Apr 29 2016
UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich - Player ratings
UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich - Player ratings

Simeone saw his side pick up a win in the first legAtletico Madrid pipped Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals, thanks to a brilliant solo goal from Saul Niguez. The Spaniard skillfully danced his way through the Bayern defense and put the ball past Manuel Neuer with a world-class finish.Atletico managed to keep Bayern at bay in a fantastic tactical battle as they stayed compact and essentially cancelled out

Apr 28 2016
Who said what: World reacts to Atletico Madrid's 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League
Who said what: World reacts to Atletico Madrid's 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League

Saul scored a spectacular goal last nightA wondergoal from Saul Niguez in the 12th minute gave Atletico Madrid a vital 1-0 win in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. The visitors came close to an equalizer multiple times in the second half, hitting the woodwork along the way, but Atletico held on for the victory, giving them the advantage going into the second leg.Here is how various pundits, play

Apr 28 2016
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