Falcao: I'm very happy for Atletico

Falcao: I'm very happy for Atletico

Falcao joined Ligue 1 juggernaut Monaco at the start of the season for a fee believed to be worth €60million, ending his two-year spell in Madrid.

Many had tipped Atletico to struggle following the departure of the star striker, who netted 52 goals in 68 La Liga appearances.

However, Atletico have flourished under the leadership of Diego Simeone, with the club four points clear at the La Liga summit with three games remaining and poised to win their first league ... » Read more


Ancelotti taking nothing for granted

Ancelotti taking nothing for granted

Karim Benzema scored the only goal when the sides met in the first leg of their semi-final clash last week, giving Real a slight advantage heading into Tuesday's return fixture in Munich.

However, Ancelotti is not expecting an easy ride against the reigning champions and wants to see an even better performance from his side this time around.

"Tomorrow's match will be very difficult and complicated," he said. "We play against a great team. We just ... » Read more


UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

Chelsea manager Mourinho was accused of "parking two buses" by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, as Chelsea triumphed 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday to reinvigorate their Premier League title hopes.

That came just five days after the Portuguese had seen his side produce a back-to-the-walls performance in the 0-0 Champions League semi-final first leg at Vicente Calderon.

Now, Mourinho will face scrutiny once more as he prepares for Wednesday's second leg at Stamford ... » Read more


Ancelotti: Key trio will face Bayern

Ancelotti: Key trio will face Bayern

Ronaldo was the only one of the three to start Saturday's 4-0 rout of strugglers Osasuna in La Liga at the Bernabeu.

The Portugal forward had stated he was in "perfect condition" before the game after recovering from knee and thigh injuries, and proved it with a sparkling show in which he grabbed a brace before Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal were also on the scoresheet.

However, missing from the line-up was world-record signing Bale, the forward still ... » Read more


Ronaldo returns to full training, Bale struggling with flu

Ronaldo returns to full training, Bale struggling with flu

Ronaldo has missed Real's last four games due to knee and thigh problems, but came through a training session on Monday and now looks set to make his return when Carlo Ancelotti's men host Bayern in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday.

Defender Sergio Ramos, who has been hampered by a neck injury, also trained with the squad, but Wales forward Bale's participation in the contest with Bayern could be in doubt.

Bale scored ... » Read more


Courtois relishing Chelsea encounter

Courtois relishing Chelsea encounter

Diego Simeone's men host Chelsea in the first leg of their last-four tie on Tuesday, aiming to reach the final of Europe's premier club competition for the first time since 1974.

The clash sees on-loan keeper Courtois come up against permanent employers Chelsea for the second time since joining Atletico temporarily from the London club three years ago.

On the first occasion, Atletico beat Chelsea 4-1 in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup, a result that the Belgium ... » Read more


Martino would 'happily swap places' with Madrid duo

Martino would 'happily swap places' with Madrid duo

Barca were eliminated from the competition thanks to a 1-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat at Atleti on Wednesday, marking the first time they had not reached the semi-finals since 2007.

Atleti and Real drew Chelsea and Bayern Munich respectively in the last four, and Martino feels the disappointment caps what has been a difficult year on and off the field.

"For me personally, getting knocked out was a failure and it will continue to be even if we win the league and ... » Read more


Guardiola expecting 'huge' Real challenge

Guardiola expecting 'huge' Real challenge

Friday's draw in Nyon saw the European giants paired against each other, with the first leg in Madrid on April 23 before the return in Munich six days later.

Both sides are chasing what would be a historic victory in the final, with Real aiming to win Europe's premier club competition for the 10th time, and current holders Bayern out to become the first team to defend the trophy since the competition's inception in 1992.

The two met at the same stage two years ... » Read more


Caminero: It's an even tie

Caminero: It's an even tie

Diego Simeone's men were drawn against Jose Mourinho's charges on Friday, with the first leg to be held at Vicente Calderon on April 22 before the return tie at Stamford Bridge eight days later.

Real Madrid or Bayern Munich await the victors, with the showpiece finale due to take place at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz on May 24.

In the immediate aftermath of the draw, Caminero was asked what he thought of the tie, with Chelsea possibly looking to avenge a 4-1 defeat ... » Read more


Gourlay: Courtois always free to face Chelsea

Gourlay: Courtois always free to face Chelsea

The Belgium international is currently in his third season on loan at Atletico Madrid, who have been drawn to face Chelsea in the semi-final of Europe's premier club competition.

Reports had suggested Atletico would be required to pay a fee in order for Courtois to feature against Chelsea, due to the terms of his loan deal.

However, UEFA released a statement prior to the semi-final draw, reiterating their stance that such a clause would be classed as "null, void ... » Read more