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Why i should be blame for Barcelona’s 3-2 loss to Madrid – Griezmann

Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann has blamed himself and his teammates for making too many ‘mistakes’ following their defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday night.

Ernesto Valverde’s side was beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, with Diego Simeone’s side going on to face Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final.

The Catalan club had looked certain to win the game, after Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Koke’s opener.

But Atletico netted two late goals through Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa to turn the game around.

“I don’t know what happened. I think we lost because of our own mistakes and they had fresher legs at the end,” Griezmann was quoted by Sport as saying after the match.

“We struggled and we have to work hard now to keep on moving forward.

Antoine Griezmann

”We all made mistakes, I missed a pass and then they score after… They’re mistakes that cost you a Champions League, a league.”

Barcelona will now face Granada in the La Liga fixture on Sunday.


2010-2019′ Atlético Madrid’s Team Of The Decade.

This decade for Atlético Madrid has been one that will live long in the memories of their fans.

They won their first European trophy in almost 50 years when they won the Europa League under Quique Sanchez Flores in 2010, and since then they have gone from strength to strength under Diego Simeone.

They’ve closed the gap on the two Spanish giants in Barcelona and Real Madrid and even won a La Liga title during the 2013/14 season. Add to that finishing as runners up in two Champions League finals and winning two more Europa Leagues, it has been a highly successful ten years for Atléti.

With this all being considered, here’s Atlético Madrid’s team of the decade…

Goalkeeper & Defenders⚽ Jan Oblak (GK) – The Slovenian is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and has shone for Los Rojiblancos ever since his move from Benfica in 2014. Having won La Liga’s Best Goalkeeper Award for four consecutive seasons, Oblak has an astonishing 97 clean sheets in 169 La Liga appearances.

⚽ Juanfran (RB) – The Spaniard won pretty much everything with Atlético after he joined in 2011. He swiftly became a constant presence in Simeone’s side going on to appear in over 350 games in all competitions before departing for Brazil during this summer’s transfer window.

⚽ Diego Godín (CB) – One of the best defenders of the whole decade, Godín epitomised Simeone’s side with his commanding presence, amassing almost 400 appearances during his spell in the capital after signing for Atlético in 2010 from Villarreal.

⚽ José Giménez (CB) – The 24-year-old broke onto the scene in the middle of the decade and soon formed one of the best centre-back partnerships in the world with fellow Uruguayan Godín. With plenty of years left in him, Giménez could surpass the achievements his compatriot managed during his stay with Atlético.

⚽ Filipe Luis (LB) – Another member of the back four that was signed at the beginning of the decade, Luis became a fan favourite during two separate stays at Atlético – a brief dalliance with Chelsea in between them. He was a constant threat down the left flank and provided much of the width that was needed in Simeone’s system.

Midfielders⚽ Koke (RCM) – The current captain and a man who has been at Atlético for his whole footballing career, Koke’s stock has risen exponentially during this decade with excellent performances across the midfield. At current rates, he could become Atléti’s all time appearance maker – having been the youngest ever to reach 400 games for the club.

⚽ Tiago (CM) – The former Portuguese international found his fit in Simeone’s side after underwhelming spells at Juventus and Chelsea. He became a feature of the side that won La Liga in 2013/14, appearing in 175 La Liga games for Atlético. He even had a spell as assistant manager after his retirement during the 2017/18 season.

⚽ Gabi (LCM) – Another player who seemed to completely characterise the team that Simeone wanted to build. Gabi returned to Atlético in 2011 and was made captain only a year after rejoining. He would go on to lift the La Liga title in 2014 and a Europa League crown in his final season in 2018.

⚽ Antoine Griezmann (AM) – The Frenchman rose to world footballing stardom during his six year stay at Atlético, winning countless individual and team awards while doing so. Consistently bagging goals and being a provider for others, Griezmann developed into one of the world’s best under Simeone before his £120m move to rivals Barcelona. Rarely does so talented a player put in such a shift for his side.

Forwards⚽ Radamel Falcao (ST) – The Colombian only spent two seasons in the red and white of Atlético, but boy did he make an impression. He was lethal in front of goal, scoring 52 La Liga goals in only 68 games and winning both the Europa League and the Copa del Rey during his time in the Spanish capital.

⚽ Diego Costa (ST) – Costa embodies the spirit of Simeone, with his aggressive style and passion for football. He rose to prominence during the title winning campaign, scoring 27 goals to guide Atlético to the title. His second spell with the club hasn’t been quite as successful – but everyone will remember his imperious goalscoring form during the 2013/14 season.


Cavani agrees 3 years contract with A. Madrid, PSG not letting go.

Edinson Cavani has reached an agreement to join La Liga side Atletico Madrid, with the Uruguayan expected to pen a three-year contract when he leaves Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani has established himself as a modern great at PSG, becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and winning countless domestic honours despite dealing with some pretty egotistical players over the years, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar.

However, it is expected he will leave in the summer, with PSG clearly looking to the future with the loan signing of Mauro Icardi before the 2019/20 season.

Now, Gianluca DiMarzio claims Atleti want to bring the former Napoli forward to Wanda Metropolitano as possible cover for Diego Costa, who is currently injured and doubtful to feature in the Champions League clashes with Liverpool in 2020.

However, the report also adds that an agreement between PSG and Atleti is still yet to be reached. Los Colchoneros boss Diego Simeone is said to have been eyeing Cavani for years, but may have to sell a few of his players before being able to bring the 32-year-old in.

Misfiring winger Thomas Lemar is one such player who has been linked with a move away from Madrid, with PSG’s Ligue 1 rivals Lyon interested and Simeone is thought to be prepared to cut his losses on a player who is yet to score or assist this season.

While Alvaro Morata has managed seven La Liga goals in 15 appearances, there is a distinct lack of threat elsewhere on the pitch for Atleti, with five players currently stuck on two league goals for the season each, including forwards Costa, Joao Felix and Angel Correa.

Cavani would be an obvious improvement to Atleti’s attacking options, even if he is approaching the twilight years of his career and has struggled with injuries this season. In eight Ligue 1 appearances Cavani has struck twice, also managing a Champions League goal across two substitute appearances.


0-0: Real Madrid still 2nd position after stunning draw with Athletic bilbao

Real Madrid finished off 2019 with a second successive 0-0 draw and gave Barcelona an inch in the La Liga title race, as they laboured to a goalless home point against Athletic Club on Sunday evening.

Zinedine Zidane opted to freshen things up from that stalemate during the week. Eder Militao, Luka Modric, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior were all reintroduced, hoping to do their bit to keep the pressure on their title rivals.

Barcelona had responded to that midweek draw with a rampant 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves 24 hours earlier, moving themselves three points clear at the top, so a win against an Athletic side that had conceded just 12 goals in their opening 17 league matches was a must for Real – but that was never going to be easy.

And so it proved. The home side dominated the territory in the early proceedings, but an effort cleared off the line by Unai Nunez after Karim Benzema had neatly rounded Unai Simon was as close as they came in the first half.

Kenan Kodro had a goal ruled out for offside in one of the visitors’ few threatening ventures forward, but they were largely content to sit in and frustrate their more esteemed hosts, and with the clock ticking down, Gareth Bale and and Luka Jovic were thrown on in an increasingly cagey second 45 to try and make something happen.

Toni Kroos stung the crossbar and Jovic later clipped the post with a deft header, but Gaizka Garitano’s men stood strong in the face of pressure.


Real had as many as 20 efforts at goal, but the eight that hit Simon’s target were dealt with well, and it finished with a point that will frustrate Zidane’s men ahead of their brief winter break that comes to an end with a trip to Getafe on January 4.

For now, it’s advantage Barcelona in the title race.


Lionel Messi knocks Atletico madrid as Barca returns to La Liga top

Lionel Messi underlined his ability to make the difference on big occasions by hitting a sensational late goal to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at title rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday as the champions reclaimed top spot in La Liga from Real Madrid.

The Argentine, playing his 701st game for Barca, settled a pulsating and tense encounter in the 86th minute, galloping down the right wing and cutting inside before playing a one-two with Luis Suarez and guiding the ball into the bottom corner.

It was Messi’s 30th goal in 39 competitive games against Atletico and inflicted a first home defeat on Diego Simeone’s side since they were beaten by Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in February, reports Reuters.

“Whenever you have a game like this which is really tight and really tough, being able to count on Messi is always an advantage,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi’s strike saw Barca return to the top of the standings with 31 points after 14 games, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference, while Atletico were left in sixth spot on 25 points, having played one match more than the two pacesetters.

Atleti and Barca hit the woodwork and visiting keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two stunning saves, while the home side felt Gerard Pique should have been shown a second yellow card in the second half for a late tackle on Alvaro Morata.

“We feel very hard done by,” said Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez. “We played superbly and Barcelona had hardly any chances but when Messi appears he is capable of doing anything and he made it look so easy, that’s why he is the best.”

Atleti were also fortunate not to have a player sent off when Vitolo slammed into Pique’s knee with a fierce challenge a few minutes later after picking up an earlier booking.

Antoine Griezmann got a hostile reception from the home fans in his first game against his old side since a bitter 120 million euro ($132.26 million) transfer to Barca in the close season and had a poor game, firing his one chance over the bar.

Atleti were also fortunate not to have a player sent off when Vitolo slammed into Pique’s knee with a fierce challenge a few minutes later after picking up an earlier booking.

Antoine Griezmann got a hostile reception from the home fans in his first game against his old side since a bitter 120 million euro ($132.26 million) transfer to Barca in the close season and had a poor game, firing his one chance over the bar.

Atleti were under pressure after one win in their previous six games and they made a flying start, nearly going ahead when Barca’s Junior Firpo deflected a cross against the far post.

Soon after Ter Stegen pulled off a marvellous save by using his body to thwart Mario Hermoso from point-blank range.


The German then demonstrated outstanding reflexes by swooping to the ground to beat away a header from Morata, while he watched a shot from Hector Herrera fly past the post.

Barca were cagey in their approach for large chunks of the game although Pique hit the bar with a header before the break and Ivan Rakitic scuffed a shot straight at keeper Jan Oblak.

Roared on by 67,000 fans, Atletico looked more likely to snatch a winner but yet again Messi proved the difference.

The Argentine clinched the 2015 La Liga title for Barca with a strike against Atletico and also hit winning goals against them in pivotal games in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.

His goal here could also prove crucial in what looks set to be a thrilling two-horse race between Barca and Real, who meet on Dec. 18 in the ‘Clasico’ at the Camp Nou.

“We suffered a little but games like these are the ones which can win you the title,” added Barca’s Sergi Roberto, who also credited his side’s goalkeeper for the win.

“Marc saved two clear goals and Messi decided the game, but this was a triumph for the entire team,” he added.


Real Madrid trashed Alaves to top La Liga.

Sergio Ramos scored a goal and conceded a penalty as Real Madrid battled past Alaves on Saturday to go top of La Liga before Sunday’s game between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Barca and Atletico face off at the Wanda Metropolitano and Madrid did all they could to take advantage, with Dani Carvajal the unlikely match winner in a gritty 2-1 victory over Alaves.

“We know at these grounds that teams give everything against Madrid,” said Marcelo. “It’s in these matches that leagues are won.”

“We fought until the end,” added Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

Ramos had headed them in front shortly after half-time only to concede a needless penalty for throwing his arm across Joselu, which Lucas Perez converted before Carvajal poked in.

Madrid pull three points clear of Barcelona and six ahead of Atletico, who have played a game more than the top two. Sevilla, in third, host Leganes on Sunday. Alaves stay 13th.

A 1-0 defeat at Mendizorrotza 13 months ago came three weeks before Julen Lopetegui was sacked as a coach but this time Madrid showed the kind of steel that was so painfully lacking last season.

On a wet and windy afternoon in the Basque country, Zidane’s side never showed the verve and creativity that was so impressive in the draw against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

But this was a gutsy performance that means they have now won six and drawn two of their last eight matches in all competitions, with the Clasico against Barcelona next month fast approaching.

“A few weeks ago people were saying a lot about this team,” said Zidane. “But we have to stay the same, stay calm and keep working because this is just the start.”

Gareth Bale made his first Madrid start since October 5 after recovering from a calf injury and his first too since his controversial celebration with Wales earlier this month, which sparked anger among his club’s supporters.

Bale hit the post in the first half but faded and was replaced by Rodrygo after Alaves’ equaliser.

With Eden Hazard out injured, Isco also kept his place while Alphonse Areola was given a rare outing in goal ahead of the rested Thibaut Courtois.

Kroos The Provider
Madrid were lucky not to concede another penalty early on as Aleix Vidal slalomed inside Ramos and then Eder Militao, whose dangling leg caught Vidal’s foot. Referee Guillermo Cuadra felt the fall was exaggerated.

At the other end, Bale hit the post with a header and Karim Benzema latched onto a quick throw but instead of shooting, hooked the ball back for Isco whose effort was saved.

Alaves grew in confidence as the rain grew heavier yet Madrid regrouped at half-time and took the lead soon after as Ramos was given a free header to glance in Toni Kroos’ crossed free-kick.

But after scoring his sixth goal of the season, Ramos gifted Alaves an equaliser in the 66th minute by outmuscling Joselu in the penalty area, only to throw an arm across the forward’s chest. Perez made no mistake.

Bale went off for Rodrygo and Alaves might have been able to build on their momentum if they had consolidated.

Instead, parity lasted three minutes as Isco met Luka Modric’s cross at the back post and while Pacheco did brilliantly to save, Carvajal reacted faster than Victor Laguardia to the rebound.

Perez almost drove in a late equaliser but Marcelo made a diving block and Ximo Navarro’s header had to be clawed away by Areola as Madrid held on.