Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez Show Their Class in UCL Encounter against Atletico

In simple terms, Leicester City’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final wasn’t enough for them. That’s because they lost the first leg 1-0, meaning that the Spanish side won 2-1 on aggregate and now progress to the final four of Europe’s biggest club tournament. Yet there was […]

Guardiola Tries to Capitalise on Wingers in Loss against Compact Atletico

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich arrived in Spain, to face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, with a gameplan. According to veteran right-back Philipp Lahm, the aim was to withstand the early pressure that Diego Simeone’s men would undoubtedly apply. They wanted to get through that initial barrage of pressing […]

Why Antoine Griezmann’s Contribution To Atletico Madrid Extends Far Beyond Just Goals

“He is a unique player with incredible efficiency. And when the ball comes to him in moments like that we just know it’s going in.” These were the words of Atletico Madrid midfielder, Saul Niguez, on Antoine Griezmann, following yet another decisive goal from the Frenchman in Atleti’s 2-1 triumph over Athletic Bilbao that propelled […]

Analysis: Three Key Things from Barcelona’s 2-1 Win over Atletico Madrid

Following on from the international break, Atletico Madrid played host to Barcelona to punctuate Week 3 of the La Liga season. The first half proved to be something of an endurance test for Luis Enrique’s men, and after going behind early in the second half, it looked as though Diego Simeone’s Atletico might be able […]

A look at Arda Turan and his Two Most Likely Transfer Destinations: Chelsea and Barcelona

Arda Turan is a man on the move, and his time in the Spanish capital, playing for Atletico Madrid, finally seems to be over. Although there have been rumours in the past surrounding his future, this time the player himself, via Twitter, has gone on to substantiate them. “’My agent is currently in touch with […]

Gerard Pique’s Masterful Positioning Key In Keeping Atleti at Bay

Barcelona knew their trip to face Atletico Madrid at the cauldron that is the Vicente Calderon wouldn’t be easy. It never is these days. Atleti’s manager Diego Simeone fully ensures this. His sides always have a certain doggedness and toughness about them. A real hard edge. The Spanish term mala leche (meaning bad milk), which […]

Quick Thinking Koke’s Execution and Movement So Vital For Atletico Madrid

“He is one of those all-round midfielders who is gifted at reading the game, he knows how to play in different positions in the centre and he has very good peripheral vision. “When he is on top form, he allows us to play with speed, not because he is fast himself but because his vision […]