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Category: Atlético Madrid

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European roundup: Matteo Darmian the hero as Inter close in on Serie A title

Antonio Conte’s side leave it late against CagliariMorata on target for Juventus, Madrid’s Vázquez out for seasonA rare goal from Matteo Darmian earned Inter a 1-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday as Antonio Conte’s side closed on their first Serie A title …

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Atlético Madrid left to face sobering facts by Chelsea’s superiority | Sid Lowe

Diego Simeone’s team were not only outplayed but made to look physically weak and a major reset may be requiredThere was a moment just before the hour between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid when Diego Simeone, prowling the side of the pitch all dressed in…

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‘No one wants to play us’: Tuchel talks up Chelsea’s European chances

Manager delighted with last-16 victory over Atlético Madrid‘Results like this give you an edge to achieve special things’Thomas Tuchel said that nobody will want to draw Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Atlético Madri…

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Kai Havertz and Timo Werner click with Hakim Ziyech in a flash | Barney Ronay

The fevered, whirring dreams of Thomas Tuchel came to life in one startling moment for Chelsea’s first against Atlético MadridWith 33 minutes gone at Stamford Bridge something startling happened. There are moments in the life of a successful team that …

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Ziyech and Emerson steer Chelsea past Atlético Madrid and into quarters

For Chelsea, it was difficult to imagine a more perfect evening. It had been easy to worry about the awkward nature of Atlético Madrid’s threat but the manner in which they contained the Spanish league leaders offered the latest evidence of the resolve…

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Chelsea v Atlético Madrid: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!

Updates from 8pm GMT kick-off, Chelsea won first leg 1-0Live scoreboard: keep track of all Wednesday’s goalsGet in touch! Email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 6.55pm GMT The job of keeping order during tonight’s match is an Italian one, with Daniele Ors…

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Diego Simeone backs ‘rebel’ João Félix to help Atlético overcome Chelsea

Forward to start second leg at Chelsea with Atlético trailing 1-0€126m signing dismisses rumours of a rift with SimeoneJoão Félix will start against Chelsea, Diego Simeone has confirmed. That should not be news – the Portuguese forward is the club’s re…

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Luis Suárez sinks Athletic Bilbao to send nervy Atlético Madrid six points clear

For the first time since the opening day of the season 187 days ago, Spain’s top three have all played the same number of games, and Atlético Madrid’s lead has increased to six points over Barcelona and eight over Real Madrid with 12 games to go – and …

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Want to compare keepers fairly? Take a deep dive into their clean sheets

It’s tempting to rate keepers by the number of clean sheets they keep, but some clean sheets are more impressive than others By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe phrase “lies, damned lies and statistics” is one that football statisticians hear regularly…

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Will 29 seconds of the Madrid derby prove the most important this season? | Sid Lowe

Despite still leading the way, there was still something fatalistic for Atlético after Real grabbed a late point in the derbyIn the Bumper Book of Things You Just Knew Would Happen, this was Chapter One and the less time there was for it to happen, the…

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Karim Benzema keeps title race alive with Real Madrid’s leveller at Atlético

Atlético Madrid were two minutes away from a derby victory that would have been a giant step towards winning the league, but if anyone knows that Real Madrid aren’t finished until the final whistle, it’s them – and so it proved once again. This could, …

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Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid: La Liga – live!

Minute-by-minute report of the Madrid derbyJonathan Wilson: Messi and Ronaldo are weighing their clubs downSid Lowe: Trippier returns with everything riding on the derbyEmail rob.smyth@theguardian.com with any thoughts 2.47pm GMT Related: European rou…

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Kieran Trippier returns for Atlético in a derby with everything riding on it | Sid Lowe

The full-back returns after his 10-week ban and walks straight into a game at the top of La Liga that neither side dares to lose“Totally unfair” Diego Simeone called it, but it’s over now.When the Football Association handed Kieran Trippier a 10-week b…

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Atlético suffer and survive on La Liga’s weekend of pressure games | Sid Lowe

Simeone went through every emotion as his stuttering side responded with a win to stay in front of rivals who smell blood“Much worse things have happened,” Gerard Piqué said and Diego Simeone knew he was right. The Atlético Madrid manager has been thro…

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Timid Atlético Madrid pay price against Chelsea for going back in time | Sid Lowe

La Liga’s leaders regressed to a defensive mindset and defeat raises more questions about the health of Spanish footballAtlético Madrid went back to their origins but this team are not that one and the old plan didn’t come together. In the Bucharest st…

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‘I am super happy for my players’: Tuchel praises Chelsea’s team effort

Chelsea take crucial 1-0 lead into second leg against Atlético‘He trains like a 24-year-old,’ says manager of veteran GiroudThomas Tuchel praised an outstanding team effort after Chelsea took control of their Champions League tie against Atlético Madri…

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Giroud’s goal wasn’t just stunning – it was a piece of pragmatism | Barney Ronay

Is it time, you wonder at moments like these, to accept that Giroud is simply an outstanding centre-forward?Olivier Giroud is 6ft 4in tall, weighs 14½ stone and is 34 years old. This Champions League last-16 first leg was his 574th game in 16 years as …

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Olivier Giroud acrobatics earn Chelsea crucial lead over Atlético Madrid

In the end it came down to Chelsea’s ambition. While Atlético Madrid were held back by Diego Simeone’s negativity, Thomas Tuchel told his team to play. Liberated, Chelsea stood up to be counted. They let their football do the talking instead of rising …

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Atlético Madrid v Chelsea: Champions League, last-16 first leg – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard | Follow Lazio v Bayern Munich hereAnd you can contact Simon by email or on Twitter 8.06pm GMT 3 mins: Nearly a giveaway goal for Atletico! Chelsea try to play the ball around in defence…

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Champions League last 16: previews and predictions for this week’s ties

A look ahead to Atlético v Chelsea, Lazio v Bayern, Atalanta v Real Madrid and Borussia Mönchengladbach v Manchester CityBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhile Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten record as Chelsea manager remains intact, he will view their 1-1 dra…