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  Chelsea host Atletico Madrid in the return-leg of the Uefa Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night, with the tie finely poised at 0-0.  If one likes betting on Champions League matches, this is a hard one to predict. Jose Mourinho’s side were accused of playing ‘anti-football’ against their Spanish opponents last week, after putting on a completely defensive performance. Chelsea never looked like troubling Thibaut Courtois as the away side only managed to have five shots on goal. On […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 30 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Xavi Herández boarded the team bus and went straight to the back. Head down and a glum expression he didn’t acknowledge any of the hundred or so Barca fans that had been calling his name as he walked out of the ground and on to the bus. Still they tried to get his attention as he sat waiting for his team-mates to join him so he could leave and forget a match where he was almost invisible. So […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Atletico Madrid face Chelsea on Tuesday night in the first leg of their semi-final encounter in the Uefa Champions League. Diego Simeone’s team have been a revelation this season as they currently sit top of La Liga, and are only three wins away from their first league title since the 1995-96 campaign. Atletico’s opponents have been battling for league supremacy however fortunately for Simeone, Jose Mourinho’s side are showing cracks which could favour the Madrid based side. In […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 21 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Wednesday sees arguably the highlight of the second leg matches in the quarter final of this season’s Champions League, as Atletico Madrid go head to head with FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon. The first leg last week ended one apiece in Camp Nou, meaning that as things stand, a goalless draw will be enough to send Diego Simeone’s side through, but a high scoring draw – 2-2 or better – puts Gerardo Martino into the last four. Both […]

Posted by James On Apr - 8 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Hope is a cruel mistress. Yes, it is true. VLL has been absent lately and we do apologise for our sudden disappearance but recent results have had us reaching for the smelling salts and breathing into paper bags. March has been a strange month and the league race took a strange twist. VLL has never hidden the fact that it is an Atlético de Madrid fan. We have lived the highs of recent years with gusto and we […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Barça and Atlético Madrid renew acquaintances when they meet in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals clash. Barça will be hosting the first leg at the Camp Nou and with their chase for the treble still ongoing, they cannot afford to make things complicated. Therefore, Barça has to kill off Atlético in the first leg to ensure passage to the Semi-Finals. Barça should only look at Real Madrid in how they eliminated Atlético when they met […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Apr - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    We have arrived already at the quarter final stage of the UEFA Champions League, and have been served up a particularly tasty treat between the top two sides in Spain. FC Barcelona welcome Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou on Tuesday for their first leg meeting in a tie which is impossible to call. Both sides are on great runs of form, with Atleti ahead of their opponents by a single point. It’s been an incredible season for Diego Simeone’s […]

Posted by James On Mar - 31 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  When you get three teams virtually level at such a late stage of the season, it’s tempting to let your mind wander to what might be and fantasise about an incredible final round where all things are still possible. That rarely happens though, as one or two sides usually fall by the wayside in these situations. The selection might even be made as soon as this Wednesday, because the trio of fixtures the title contenders face are fascinating. Intriguingly, […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Mar - 26 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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  Friday sees the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League take place. La Liga has most participants of course, with Atletico, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the hat. They are joined by reigning champions Bayern Munich and their Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, Borussia Dortmund, the finalists of last year, Paris St Germain with ex-Barca man Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack. The other two sides that make the line-up are a floundering Manchester United side and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Mar - 20 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  And then it happened. After months of speculation, after some events that were described as underhanded, Diego Costa pulled on the Spanish jersey and made his debut after months of problems and arguments. Like Costa himself, the situation was anything but easy. The whole debacle has dragged out far longer than anyone would have liked. The Brazilian born forward made two appearances for Brazil and looked set to be regular for Scolari but Brazil has an abundance in forwards […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Mar - 6 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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