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Suarez faces ‘Goal Drought’ as a major delima again

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Luis Suarez has arguably been the best player in LaLiga Santander this season, but he has hit his first blip of the campaign, having failed to score in his last two games.


The Uruguayan started 2021 as he ended the previous year, scoring decisive goals against Getafe and Alaves, before netting seven goals in four games.

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He is now without a goal in his last two outings, something that hasn’t happened since the start of the campaign after recovering from COVID-19, against Valladolid and Real Madrid.

His mini-drought is not down to any physical problem, as he has still been as active as ever inside the penalty area in his side’s last two games against Granada and Levante.

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Suarez will be determined to help his side maintain or even extend their lead at the top of the table when they face Levante on Sunday.

However, the fact that the Madrid derby takes place after Atletico’s game against Villarreal which comes after Levante, Suarez could be tempted to pick up a fifth caution that would assure his availability against Zinedine Zidane’s men.

It remains to be seen what Suarez will do, although it is far from an easy situation given that Unai Emery’s side are no pushovers either, and Atletico will have to be at their best to defeat them.


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Luis Suarez could leave Atletico this Summer

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When Atletico Madrid signed Luis Suarez last summer, the club spent time working on all the details of the striker’s two-year contract.


There are various clauses in it – such as the ones for bonuses related to goal tallies, with the player already having hit a target of 15 goals and just four away from another target of 20.

Yet one of the other clauses could actually affect his future, as there is a clause in the Uruguayan’s contract that would allow him to leave Atletico Madrid on June 30 for free.

However, the 34-year-old has no intention of triggering this because he is happy in the team and likes working with Diego Simeone.

As such, Atletico Madrid are not concerned about this clause. They’re just happy to have a world-class striker, one who seems motivated to prove to Barcelona that they were wrong to let him leave for a domestic rival.

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Suarez is enjoying an exceptional run of form and is determined to keep scoring the goals that will likely fire Atletico Madrid to the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander title.

As well as putting the ball in the net, Suarez has shown that he can be a leader of this team.

There is, therefore, nobody at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano who doubts that Suarez will stay for the second year of his deal.


The precedent of David Villa
Suarez’s campaign has been compared to that of David Villa, when he swapped Barcelona for Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2013 and won the title with Simeone.

Villa adapted well, scored goals and won LaLiga Santander, but he didn’t fulfil the full three years of his contract. Instead, he departed after just one year to join New York City.

Atleti, though, believe the ending with Suarez will be different and that he’ll ignore the clause that would allow him to depart in the summer of 2021.


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Suarez’s legacy continues at Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have had a clear Uruguayan flavour in the last decade, and the arrival of Luis Suarez will only add to that.


The 33-year-old is the third top scorer in Barcelona’s history and is also Uruguay’s record marksman.

Suarez has become the 21st Uruguayan to sign for Atletico, while he has one international team-mate currently in Diego Simeone’s squad in the form of Jose Maria Gimenez.

Since 2007, when Diego Forlan joined Atletico from Villarreal, there has not been a single season in which at least one Uruguayan has not been a part of Los Rojiblancos’ squad, which is incredible given that Uruguay’s population is just below 3.5 million.

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Forlan was a huge success at what was then the Estadio Vicente Calderon, scoring 96 goals in 198 matches, as he helped the club begin a trophy-laden period in their history.

After him, the likes of Leandro Cabrera and Emiliano Velazquez arrived, albeit they failed to leave their mark, and then there were others who have made Uruguay-based chants a regular occurrence in the stands, such as Diego Godin, Gimenez and Cristian ‘Cebolla’ Rodriguez.

Now, Gimenez welcomes a new compatriot in the dressing room, following the departure of Godin in 2018.


Suarez has signed for Atletico on a two-year deal and he will be determined to prove Ronald Koeman and Barcelona wrong for allowing him to leave the Camp Nou.

His performance is yet to be seen, but what is clear is that Suarez has the opportunity to expand the list of Uruguayan players who have made history at Atletico Madrid.


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Breaking: Luis Suarez chooses Atletico over Juventus

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According to Deported Cuatro Via NobleSports, Luis Suarez could be an option for Atletico Madrid. He had been linked with Juventus, but would prefer to play with Atleti.


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Shocking: Griezmann offered to Atletico

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The crisis at Barcelona took a fresh twist on Thursday night with reports that under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu offered Antoine Griezmann to former club Atletico Madrid in a swap deal for Joao Felix.

Spanish outlet Marca reported that Bartomeu, eager to reduce the club’s mammoth wage bill, made the offer just days before Barca ended a trophyless season with a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich.

The report says Atletico rejected the offer from the Blaugrana of re-signing Griezmann a year after he departed.

As outlined by the report, the Madrid-based club paid €123million (£108m) for Felix from Benfica a year ago as Griezmann departed for the Catalan giants, who triggered his €120m (£105m) release clause.

It went on to say Griezmann is believed to earn around €18m (£15.8) a season, while Joao earns just €3.5m (£3m).

Both players were named in Marca’s Most Disappointing LaLiga team of the season last month, due to each failing to match the expectations of their big-money moves.

Griezmann was offered a bigger role by new boss Ronald Koeman before Lionel Messi asked for a transfer this week.

Koeman has blamed previous management for playing him out position and wants to make Griezmann the focal point of his new team.

The Dutchman wants to give the Frenchman the No 7 shirt, last worn by Philippe Coutinho, who wants a move to the Premier League.

Last week, Bartomeu listed Griezmann on his seven-strong “untouchables” list.

Luis Suarez is also set for the axe.

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Leipzig defeats Atletico 2-1 in Knockout stage

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insisted his side had given everything in the 2-1 defeat by RB Leipzig in the Champions League quarter-finals on Thursday, even as he conceded they had been over-powered by the Germans.

‘I understand that they were much better than us but we could give nothing more. We did not play as we wished to but we have to keep our heads up and prepare for next season,’ Simeone told a news conference.

‘We struggled to win the battles on the pitch and they were much faster than us, they made more fouls than us and were very good at stopping us from playing, but we gave everything we had.’

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Atletico struggled to cope with Leipzig’s intensity, falling behind to Dani Olmo’s header before Joao Felix levelled from the penalty spot.

Tyler Adams then struck the winner with a late deflected strike just as Atletico were starting to find their composure.

The Argentine coach said his side had run out of steam at the end of a gruelling season lasting over 12 months due to the long pause in action because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also reflected on a challenging La Liga campaign after parting with the likes of forward Antoine Griezmann and defender Diego Godin and a difficult run of results. His side needed a strong final push to clinch third spot after spending large parts of the season outside the top four.

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‘It has been a very long year, with the huge pressure of trying to get into the Champions League and then having many weeks stuck at home,’ he added.

‘We are feeling hurt because we have had a season with so much pressure, with so many injuries, with so many uncertainties due to all the new players we brought in.

‘We could have done better today and we wanted to go further in this competition but emotionally, in terms of preparation and the enthusiasm we had, I don’t have anything to complain about.’

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Atletico Madrid confirms two positive Covid-19 cases

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Atletico Madrid discovered on Sunday that two members of their travelling expedition to Portugal have tested positive for coronavirus, one day before they fly to the neighbouring country.

The PCR tests were taken on Saturday prior to training, with the results now affecting all the foreseen plans.

The two people will now go into isolation and Atletico have activated the protocol they had been using in these cases.

“Yesterday, Saturday, August 8, all the members of the first team and the club’s expedition to Lisbon took PCR tests at the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda, as required by UEFA protocol for taking part in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” Atletico’s statement read.

“Among the results known today [Sunday], two positive results have appeared, with both isolated in their respective homes, and this was immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the National Sports Council.

“Likewise, the corresponding protocol of action foreseen for these cases has been activated, which requires new PCR tests to be carried out on the first team and members of the expedition to Lisbon and the closest contacts of the positive cases, and which has caused changes in the training schedules, in the structure and development of the trip and accommodation in the Portuguese capital.

“The club will coordinate the new schedules with UEFA and as soon as there is a new plan it will be made public.

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“We also ask for maximum respect for the identity of the two positive cases.

“After the end of LaLiga, Atletico Madrid requested that Spanish teams that are still competing in Europe should continue to do so voluntarily and with the help of LaLiga, following the same rules of the prevention protocol against COVID-19 that had been developed during the return to competition.

“Although UEFA only require a negative PCR test from each member of the expedition to Lisbon 72 hours before the trip scheduled for Monday, August 10, the club has complied with the protocol established at the time by the National Sports Council and LaLiga, keeping the weekly tests carried out on the return to league competition under the control of the same LaLiga inspector who supervised compliance with the protocol during the 11 league matchdays.

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“The first team and all the personnel working and in contact with them, a total of 93 people, underwent a PCR test and a serological test the day before returning to training, Sunday, July 26, and the first session, planned individually for that Sunday, was postponed as a precaution to Monday 27 in the afternoon until it was known that 100 percent of the tests had given a negative result.

“After the first week of training, again the first team and the rest of the club’s members that work around them underwent new PCR tests on Sunday, August 2, with a new negative result in all cases, resuming training on Monday afternoon after knowing the results of the tests.”

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‘Chelsea, back off Oblak’ Atletico warns

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo sounded out a warning to any clubs planning to make a move for Diego Simeone’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Jan Oblak is an Atlético Madrid player “period”, club president Enrique Cerezo has warned, inviting clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea to think twice before making a move for the Slovenia stopper. Oblak is widely regarded as the best keeper in the world and has attracted interest from both Premier League sides with question marks over the form and future of both David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea have already splashed out to sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of the 2020-21 season, while Kai Havertz is rumoured to be close to joining too.

The Blues are said to be looking for a new goalkeeper after a disappointing campaign for Kepa, while De Gea’s form at United has come under increased scrutiny.

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Oblak, who saw his four-season stranglehold on the Zamora Trophy – awarded to the best goalkeeper in LaLiga – ended by Thibaut Courtois, has proven himself as one of the best in the world over six years at Atleti.

Cerezo: “Oblak has a contract with Atlético”
Cerezo is adamant the Slovenia international will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano, even when it was pointed out he once made similar assurances about Antoine Griezmann, who moved to Barcelona.

“I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atletico and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from other great teams,” Cerezo said.

“I say the same as always. Oblak has a contract, he is an Atletico player, period. We have many players, our squad is the club’s main asset. Oblak is a magnificent player and in his position, unquestionably, there is no one to beat him right now.

“For me, Oblak – and I speak as an amateur – is the best goalkeeper in the world. Regarding Courtois, he is another great goalkeeper of those in the world and fortunately, both have played for us and with both we have been champions in many trophies.”

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Atletico finishes 3rd as Sociedad and Granada follows up

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Granada qualified for European competition for the first time in their history after beating Athletic Club 4-0, they will be joined by Villarreal and Real Sociedad.

A late goal by substitute Adnan Januzaj handed Real Sociedad a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid on the final day of the 2019/20 La Liga season as the Basque side finished sixth in the standings to secure a spot in the Europa League.

Top 4 finish: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Sevilla
The draw left Atlético on 70 points, 17 behind champions and city rivals Real Madrid and 12 behind Barcelona. They will be joined in next season’s Champions League by fourth-placed Sevilla, who beat Valencia 1-0.

Granada make history by qualifying for Europe for the first time
Granada hammered Athletic Club 4-0 to nab seventh place and a spot in the second qualifying round of the Europa League – the first time the Andalucian outfit has qualified for Europe in their history.

Needing only a point to make it into Europe next season, Real Sociedad’s dream was almost shattered when an outrageously brilliant backheel from Atleti’s Álvaro Morata teed up the ball for Koke to blast home on the half-hour mark. However, a free kick three minutes from time by Januzaj somehow flew into the net, thus securing La Real a place in Europe next season.

Roberto Soldado got Granada off the mark in the 29th minute and second-half goals from Antonio Puertas, Carlos Fernández and Ángel Montoro helped them breeze past Athletic. They finished with 56 points. Villarreal had already secured fifth place in the standings and qualification for the group stages of the Europa League, while Getafe slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Levante to miss out on Europe, finishing in eighth place on 54 points.

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Getafe Vs Atletico Madrid starting Xi’s revealed

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Atletico Madrid may not be playing for much but winning against Getafe has become something of a tradition for Diego Simeone.

El Cholo is unbeaten in each of his 16 meetings with Los Azulones as Atletico boss, keeping a clean sheet in every single one.

Champions League football is already in the bag for the visitors at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, but nothing is secured for the hosts.

Jose Bordalas’ side need a positive result in their bid to qualify for the Europa League for a second year in a row.

It’s been a while since they’ve beaten Los Rojiblancos – you have to go back to a 3-2 victory over Gregorio Manzano’s men from 2011.

Diego Castro’s winning goal that day was also Getafe’s last against Atletico, having failed to score in their 16 matches since, conceding 31 in the process.

Differing fortunes in the final sprint
Atletico restarted their campaign alongside Getafe in the Europa League places in LaLiga Santander.

However, their exceptional form has seen them comfortably clinch a Champions League spot with time to spare.

On the other hand, Getafe are now 12 points behind Atletico and just three points ahead of eighth placed Athletic Club.

Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa have each netted four times since the restart, compared to Getafe’s six in total in nine games.

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Chelsea plans swap deals with Atletico ‘Kepa-Oblak’

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Chelsea have reportedly made Jan Oblak their No 1 goalkeeper target this summer and would be willing to send Kepa Arrizabalaga to Atletico Madrid as part of any potential deal.

Kepa has endured a difficult season with manager Frank Lampard said to be losing faith in the Spaniard.

And The Mirror claim the Blues are now actively looking for a replacement.

The report says Atletico star Oblak has emerged as the first-choice option with a player-plus-cash deal being targeted.

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Oblak, 27, has a £120m buy-out clause in the contract he signed last year, which expires in 2023.

The Slovenian has come to be regarded as one of the best keepers in the world over the past few years and it would take a huge offer to prize him away from the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Spanish club would not have considered selling but the effects of the pandemic could see them consider a substantial offer, particularly if it sees them gaining a replacement like Kepa.

Kepa has struggled with the physical nature of Premier League football and has not instilled confidence in Chelsea fans.

The 25-year-old was signed for a huge £71.5m but has not managed to live up to the price tag and, Lampard even dropping him earlier in the campaign to give Willy Caballero a run of games.

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Full time report: Atletico 1-0 Real Betis

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Atletico Madrid sealed Champions League qualification for the eighth consecutive season by beating Real Betis 1-0 at home on Saturday thanks to a late Diego Costa goal after having a player sent off and seeing two goals ruled out following VAR reviews.

Costa scored the only goal of the game with a scuffed header in the 74th minute, although Atletico had to wait several minutes for the referee to determine whether the ball had then hit his arm or shoulder on its way into the net.

The victory took third-placed Atletico on to 66 points after 36 games, nine ahead of fifth-placed Villarreal, and maintained coach Diego Simeone’s run of reaching Europe’s premier competition in each of his full campaigns in charge.

Betis, who had already ensured their top-flight status, are 13th on 42 points.

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Angel Correa had seen a goal ruled out in the first half for a handball against Marcos Llorente, and Alvaro Morata had a strike ruled out for offside, while Betis had come close to scoring through Andres Guardado and Loren Moron.

The visitors were the better side for most of the second half and striker Loren should have scored when he skipped into the area unchallenged but saw his attempted dink past Jan Oblak trickle wide of the target.

Atletico defender Mario Hermoso was sent off in the 57th following a straight red card for a reckless tackle, and Betis continued to dominate but could not keep their composure in front of the goal.

Instead, Atletico pounced with their weapon of choice, a set piece, as Costa got on the end of Yannick Carrasco’s lofted free kick into the area.

‘We are lucky that I scuffed it because if I’d hit the ball cleanly it would have gone wide,’ Costa said.

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Atletico confirms João Felix’s Injury

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed Felix will miss out on Celta clash due to ankle injury.

Felix has scored 8 goals and made 2 assists in 31 games in all competitions after his arrival at Atletico this season.

The Portuguese striker underwent tests on Sunday after replaced by Correa in Atletico 3-0 Mallorca and Atletico have confirmed his injury.

Further treatment is needed and it’s unknown how long he will be sidelined.

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Full-time Result : Atletico 3-0 Mallorca

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Game is over and the final score is Atletico 3-0 Mallorca. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 La Liga
3-0
Morata (29′ PEN)
Morata (45’+4′)
Koke (79′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

11′ CHANCE! Kubo’s shot saved

29′ Penalty Goal! Atletico 1-0 Mallorca (Morata)

49′ GOAL! Atletico 2-0 Mallorca (Morata)

58′ Felix out with frustration, Correa in

59′ NICE TRY! Kubo’s shot cleared off

68′ Yellow Card! Diego Costa booked

73′ CLOSE! Lodi hits the crossbar

79′ GOAL! Atletico 3-0 Mallorca (Koke)

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Line-ups


Atletico XI: Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Morata, Saul , Koke, Carrasco, Gimenez, Llorente, Felix, Manu Sanchez

Subs: Diego Costa, Adan, Arias, Herrera, Vitolo, Lemar, Partey, Correa, Saponjic, Lodi, Moya, Álvaro García

Mallorca XI: Manolo Reina, A. Trajkovski, Dani Rodríguez, Raillo, A. Sedlar, Febas, J. Hernández, Pozo, Fran Gámez, I. Mohammed, T. Kubo

Subs: Salibur, Salva Sevilla, P. Chavarría, Xisco Campos, J. Lago, Abdón Prats, Josep Señé, Miquel Parera, Joan Sastre, Chus Ruiz, Fran Gonzalez, L. Romero.

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Barca 2-2 Atletico, Title hope dented for ‘The Catalonia Giants’

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Barcelona could soon find themselves four points behind LaLiga leaders Real Madrid after being held to a 2-2 draw by Atletico Madrid.

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Lionel Messi scored the 700th goal of his career but Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid by a pair of Saul Niguez penalties, damaging their LaLiga title defence.

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Barca’s all-time leading scorer Messi brought up the milestone at Camp Nou with a brilliant Panenka from the penalty spot as he punished Felipe for sending Nelson Semedo to ground early in the second half.

However, Saul, who first equalised in the opening period after Diego Costa’s own goal, powered home from 12 yards for the second time after Semedo caught Yannick Carrasco in the box.

Match Events

11′ OWN GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Atletico (Diego Costa)

The Catalan take the lead as Messi’s corner strikes the thigh of Costa and travels past Oblak into the net. The striker opens his legs as he tries to clear the danger, but unlike his previous attempt, it clips the back of his right thigh and speeds over the line.

16′ Penalty Missed! (Diego Costa)

Costa takes the penalty, but sees his effort saved by Ter Stegen diving low to his left. However, the referee receives a message over his communication device that the keeper was off his line before the kick was struck. Therefore the penalty will be retaken.

17′ Yellow Card! Ter Stegen booked

Ter Stegen comes off his line too early from the spot-kick and is booked by the referee. His intial save of Costa’s effort is chalked off.

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19′ Penalty Goal! Barcelona 1-1 Atletico (Saul )

Atletico opt to change their penalty taker after Costa’s miss. Saul has no problem dispatching his left-footed strike into the bottom-right corner, sending Ter Stegen the wrong way. The visitors are back in the game.

22′ CHANCE! Messi’s long shot inches wide

Messi takes possession in the right inside channel and opens up space to fire at goal on his left foot. He arcs his strike away from Oblak towards the top-left corner, but the ball hits the outside of the post and travels wide.

50′ Penalty Goal! Barcelona 2-1 Atletico (Messi)

The home side regain the lead as the Argentine scoops his strike with a panenka into the middle of the net. Oblak dives early and is powerless to prevent the strike from crossing the line. It’s a special strike for Messi – his 700th career goal.

62′ Penalty Goal! Barcelona 2-2 Atletico (Saul )

Ter Stegen is furious with himself as Saul’s strike just bursts through his hands and finds the bottom-right corner. It’s not a clean effort from the Spaniard and the Barca keeper should make the stop, but his hands are not firm enough and the ball trickles into the net.

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Barcelona Vs Atletico starting line-ups revealed

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The line-ups of Barcelona vs Atletico have been announced.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Riqui Puig, Vidal, Rakitic; Messi, Suárez.

Subs: Neto, Pena; Firpo, Roberto, Umtiti, Araujo; Arthur, Monchu, Collado; Braithwaite, Fati, Griezmann.

Atletico XI: Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Felipe, Renan Lodi; Marcos Llorente, Thomas, Saúl, Carrasco; Correa, Diego Costa

Subs: Adan; Hermoso, Trippier, Alvaro, Sanchez; Ricard; Lemar, Herrera, Vitolo; Felix, Morata, Saponjic.

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Barca Vs Atletico,Match will become life or death for Catalonia giants

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Barcelona host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in the midst of a crisis.

The Catalans have surrendered first place in LaLiga Santander to Real Madrid since the resumption of the season and Quique Setien is losing his grip on the dressing room.

Barcelona’s coaching staff have a battle on their hands to convince their players, whose behaviour and comments are raising eyebrows.

Lionel Messi was seen ignoring assistant coach Eder Sarabia at Balaidos on Saturday, while Luis Suarez’s comments afterwards hinted at dissatisfaction with his coaches.

The prospect of dropping more points against an in-form Atletico Madrid would surely lead to consequences at the Camp Nou.

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Back-up plans


The tension between coaches and players is generating serious doubts over Setien’s future.

The names of Xavi Hernandez and Xavi Garcia Pimienta are already on the table as possible successors in the Barcelona dugout.

In the meantime, Setien will be without the injured Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele against Atletico, but Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto are available again.

The Barcelona boss won’t be rotating his squad for this titanic clash and will field his strongest team against Diego Simeone’s side.

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Contrasting fortunes


While the problems at Barcelona are piling up, Atletico have been given a new lease of life since the season’s resumption.

Los Rojiblancos have climbed from sixth to third in the table in the space of five games, of which they’ve won their last four.

After a tough transition year following the departures of several key players, including Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, Atletico are in their best form.

However, Atletico’s recent form at the Camp Nou is well documented.

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Atl Madrid 2-1 Alaves, Ratings, Starting Xi and match report

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Game is over and the final score is Atletico 2-1 Alaves. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 La Liga
2-1
Saul (59′)
Diego Costa (73′ PEN)
Joselu (90’+3′ PEN)


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

8′ CLOSE! Saul’s header wide out

11′ NICE TRY! Felix’s bicycle kick inches wide

40′ Yellow Card! Partey booked

59′ GOAL! Atletico 1-0 Alaves (Saul )

73′ Penalty Goal! Atletico 2-0 Alaves (Diego Costa)

93′ Penalty Goal! Atletico 2-1 Alaves (Joselu)

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Line-ups
Atletico XI: Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Morata, Saul , Koke, Partey, Gimenez, Correa, Felix, Lodi

Subs: Diego Costa, Adan, Arias, Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco, Felipe, Lemar, Llorente, Saponjic, Moya, Manu Sanchez

Alaves XI: L. Fejsa, Edgar Méndez, Aleix Vidal, Pacheco, Ely, Pons, Marin, Burke, Rodriguez, Aguirregabiria, A. Mahmoud

Subs: Roberto, Garcia, Joselu, Laguardia, Pina, Ximo Navarro, Duarte, Camarasa, Rioja, José Rodriguez, Sainz, Paulino.

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Osasuana 0 – 5 Atletico, Felix lands a brace

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Atletico Madrid moved into fourth place in LaLiga as Joao Felix grabbed a double in a thrashing of Osasuna.

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Joao Felix struck twice as Atletico Madrid ended a three-match winless streak in LaLiga in style with a 5-0 hammering of Osasuna on Wednesday.

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Diego Simeone’s side had slipped to sixth prior to their trip to El Sadar Stadium, but Joao Felix’s double set the stage for them to move into the top four.

Having broken the deadlock in the 27th minute, Joao Felix was on hand to tuck in his and Atleti’s second shortly after the hour, with Adrian Lopez spurning a glorious chance to get Osasuna back into the game.

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Match Events
27′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-1 Atletico (Felix)

Atletico lead, Felix opens the scoring with a belting finish! Herrera plays a nice ball in behind to Lodi, who pulls it back for Saul. He mis-hits his shot but Lato can only half-clear it, and Felix runs onto the loose ball, spanking a powerful right-footed effort into the top-right corner. Great strike.

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56′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-2 Atletico (Felix)

Correa sets Costa off in behind, and the pair are two-on-one against the goalkeeper. Costa carries it forward down the right before laying off the youngster for a tap-in. Game over?

79′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-3 Atletico (Llorente)

A deep free-kick is played straight into his feet at the edge of the area. He turns, bustles his way through three defenders then shoots through Hernandez’ legs, across the goalkeeper and into the bottom-left corner. Superb goal.

82′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-4 Atletico (Morata)

He gets in behind and finishes powerfully, across the goalkeeper and into the bottom-right corner with his right foot. It was originally flagged offside but his run was timed perfectly, and the goal is given after a quick check upstairs.

88′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-5 Atletico (Carrasco)

Carrasco has only been on the pitch for a few minutes, but he makes it five! Carrasco blocks Hernandez’ clearance into the path of Llorente, who carries it forward and squares it back to the Belgian for an easy finish.

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Cavani Links with United despite Atletico,Inter and Newcastle’s interest


Cavani’s future continues to be up in the air, and that means he’ll continue to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

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The 33 year old’s contract at PSG expires at the end of June and he’s of interest to several clubs. Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe reports Inter Milan, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are in the picture as potential destinations.

Cavani will not ‘rule out’ moving to Old Trafford, and the same goes for other options on the table. The French newspaper states Manchester United have been interested since January, which makes some sense given their search for a striker at the time.

PSG priced Cavani out of a move in the winter market, with it being reported at the time they asked Atletico Madrid for as much as €30m to sign the Uruguayan. The failure of that transfer reportedly angered Cavani, and it may well be that he’d prefer Atletico should they make another attempt this summer.

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Manchester United need to decide what to do regarding Odion Ighalo, and whether they even need a new striker given Marcus Rashford will be fit for the start of next season.

If they do want to sign a short term option, and if Cavani would accept a short contract, then he could be a solution.


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Joao Felix suffers 3 weeks Injury in training


Joao Felix sprained ligaments in his left knee during Atletico Madrid’s training session on Monday and that will keep him on the sidelines for roughly three weeks.

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In principle, the 20-year-old will not miss any game time as Los Rojiblancos’ first LaLiga Santander match after the restart will come away at Athletic Club in just under three weeks’ time.

“Joao Felix has suffered a low grade medial collateral ligament left knee sprain, as confirmed by tests he underwent at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra,” Atletico’s statement read.

This is the third injury suffered by Joao Felix in his first season at Atletico.

First it was a sprained ankle against Valencia that made him miss four games in LaLiga Santander and two in the Champions League.

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Then, a muscle injury before the Madrid derby at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu saw him miss three league games and the Champions League first leg against Liverpool.

These two ailments mean that Joao Felix has only been able to play in 28 games so far this season.


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Asensio looks just Like “New Signing” For Madrid


On July 24, 2019, Marco Asensio suffered an ACL injury during Real Madrid’s pre-season that was set to rule him out for close to the entire 2019/20 campaign.

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However, the coronavirus-related pause in the season means that he is almost recovered from that injury and there are still 11 rounds of LaLiga Santander action to go.

His left knee has passed all the tests it has been put through so far and Asensio can continue to recover without feeling rushed.

The 24-year-old is feeling confident about his return and he is ready to show that he can live up to the potential the whole world of football spoke about when he burst onto the scene in 2016.

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Florentino Perez visited Real Madrid training this week and logically spent a lot of time speaking with coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos, but the other player he had a very lengthy chat with was Asensio.

The president and those in charge at the club have Asensio’s back, as they also supported him in 2018/19 when he struggled to live up to expectations that he could help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Zidane has been a big believer in Asensio’s talent over the years too and now the man from Mallorca is keen to repay the faith that has been placed in him.

When competitive action returns, Asensio could play as a second striker if Luka Jovic and Mariano are still out injured, while he also has the advantage of being versatile enough to start across the front line.

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Luis Enrique is a fan too and Asensio will be looking to impress the Spain coach, but the priority right now is to return properly and to help Real Madrid fight for the league title.

In this sense, Asensio is like a brand new mid-season signing for Los Blancos.


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Cavani Chooses PSG Over And Over Again

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Edinson Cavani is open to extending his contract at Paris Saint-Germain despite interest from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

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The striker’s current deal is set to expire in the summer and he has been linked with a move away from the French champions after almost departing in the January window.

But according to L’Equipe, the forward may have changed his mind after originally being set on leaving.

The report claims Cavani is no longer reluctant at the idea of extending his deal after being involved with the squad a lot more since January.

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PSG director Leonardo is also thought to be open to the possibility with the club set for a difficult summer due to the financial impact of coronavirus.

The chief has reportedly had to revise the club’s transfer plans with big-money deals unrealistic. Mauro Icardi is currently on-loan from Inter Milan but L’Equipe claim PSG could look to save around £60million by keeping Cavani rather than pursuing a permanent deal for the Argentinian.

Cavani was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in January but a move failed to materialise and he ended up staying in Paris.

The Uruguay forward seven goals and three assists in all competitions this season.

France’s Ligue 1 was cancelled at the end of April due to the pandemic with PSG being awarded the title.


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