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Champions League
Ode to Diego Simeone
12:00 Saturday 16th March 2019

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle reluctantly. He’s even more reticent about booking players. All that paperwork, I guess. Whatever his reasons, Kuiper’s forbearance makes for a fluid game. Juventus began their Champions…

Spain
Atletico Madrid reassert themselves as Europe's defensive kings
12:00 Wednesday 27th February 2019

There are many names Atletico Madrid’s been associated with all these years. Underachievers is the biggest one, while the “other club” in Madrid is another. If their sensational performance against Juventus recently in the…

Spain
Should Atletico Madrid call time on Diego Simeone?
12:00 Wednesday 13th February 2019

When it's derby day, form is always not a factor in who wins the games as everything is on the line to ensure that the bragging rights at yours. Real Madrid ensured that they'd be the ones celebrating with a comfortable 3-1 victory…

Spain
Atletico Madrid must beware unpredictable Real Madrid
11:00 Saturday 9th February 2019

Another chapter in the ancient Madrid folklore will be written today. Atletico welcome [sic] Real Madrid to the Wanda Metropolitano with both teams chasing La Liga leaders Barcelona. Although two points better, Diego Simeone’s men must…

Champions League
Will Juventus' Recent Slump crush their Champions League dream again?
08:00 Thursday 7th February 2019

Fantasy football is over for Juventus. Their uncontested grip on Italian football was forcibly broken by Atalanta, who knocked them out of the Coppa Italia for the first time since 2016. The 3-0 defeat serves as a wake-up call for Massimiliano…

Spain
Can Morata find consistency at the Wanda Metropolitano?
09:00 Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Lemony Snicket aside, Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea career can be defined as a series of unfortunate events. After moving to London, things have gone horribly astray for the Spaniard. After missing too many sitters in crucial moments,…

Spain
Can Rodri lead Atletico to Diego Simeone's first La Liga win over Barca
15:00 Saturday 24th November 2018

Entering the weekend, La Liga was a tight affair, the top four teams separated by a solitary point. Two of the four go head-to-head on Saturday. Reigning champions, Barcelona invade the capital to take on Atletico Madrid. It's not El Clasico…

Spain
What do Atletico Madrid have in Gelson Martins?
09:00 Thursday 27th September 2018

On 25 July, Atletico Madrid signed Gelson Martins from Sporting CP on a five-year deal. A free transfer, the 23-year-old, along with other players, had terminated his contract with the Portuguese club following a training ground attack from…

Spain
Atletico Madrid early season struggle: Time to panic?
08:00 Tuesday 18th September 2018

For the third time already this season, Atletico Madrid dropped La Liga points. Diego Simeone's side were forced to share the spoils with Eibar on Saturday. Just five points from a possible dozen, Los Rojiblancos are off to their worst…

Spain
Diego Simeone building a fortress at Atletico Madrid
08:00 Saturday 21st July 2018

La Liga has historically been more about the two powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Atletico Madrid rarely fall far behind. Los Rojiblancos have always sought to make their presence felt. Since Diego Simeone took over as manager in…

Spain
Transfer Analysis: Atletico Madrid's latest signing, Thomas Lemar
17:00 Thursday 28th June 2018

Atletico Madrid has reached an agreement with Monaco to sign Thomas Lemar. The move is still subject to a medical. Having reportedly been targeted by many European clubs, notably Arsenal and Liverpool, the France international has agreed…

Premier League
Arsenal and Unai Emery: A union borne from acceptance
08:00 Wednesday 30th May 2018

Just when Mikel Arteta looked set for Arsenal's top job, the North London club pulled the rug from under everyone.  For the majority, Unai Emery's appointment appears the safe choice. The Arsenal board is desperate to avoid a similar…

Football
Is hiring a one-club manager a mistake?
12:00 Saturday 26th May 2018

Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe, Diego Simeone. The trio are prime examples of managers who are linked with vacancies when they arise [Dyche to Everton, Howe to Arsenal, Simeone to Chelsea] because they have carved out a reputation at one…

Italy
Giovanni Simeone: Son of Diego lighting up Florence with goals
13:00 Tuesday 8th May 2018

When Juventus eventually win their seventh successive Serie A title, they must send out an emissary to personally thank Fiorentina. Particularly, Giovanni Simeone. It was Simeone Junior who put a spanner in Napoli’s wheel in the race…

Europa League
Atletico Madrid(1) vs Arsenal(1): second leg preview
11:00 Thursday 3rd May 2018

Arsene Wenger’s last ever European home game as Arsenal manager didn’t have a fairy-tale ending. The Frencham was let down during the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid. Centre-back Laurent Koscielny gifted Antoine Griezmann…