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


Ronaldo set to miss Copa final

Ronaldo set to miss Copa final

The FIFA Ballon d'Or holder sat out last Saturday's 4-0 rout of Real Sociedad with a knee complaint, an injury that meant he could only be named among the substitutes in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

Real progressed to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate despite a 2-0 defeat in Germany in the absence of top scorer Ronaldo.

And the Portugal captain will now definitely miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey final with rivals Barcelona ... » Read more


Gabi stresses importance of staying focused

Gabi stresses importance of staying focused

Diego Simeone's men booked their spot in the Champions League final four with a 2-1 aggregate triumph over fellow La Liga title challengers Barcelona.

Atleti headed into Wednesday's second leg in Madrid with a 1-1 draw from the first fixture, and Koke's fifth-minute volley was enough to secure their progression.

Midfielder Gabi believes the success is a sign of Atleti's improvement in recent seasons, and he paid tribute the club's supporters for ... » Read more


Simeone hails Atletico, Adrian

Simeone hails Atletico, Adrian

Following a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, Atletico won 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon to reach the semi-finals and deny Barcelona a seventh successive appearance in the last four of the UEFA Champions League.

"There's a lot of joy at having got through a tie against great rivals who have a proud history," Simeone said.

"Now we are calm because we know this isn't the end, and we will try to recover as soon as possible because on Sunday we have another ... » Read more


Xavi: Barcelona deserved a draw

Xavi: Barcelona deserved a draw

Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Camp Nou, Koke's early volley earned Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win that took them into the last four of Europe's top club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Lionel Messi and Neymar missed a couple of good chances for Barcelona, and despite Atletico having several opportunities to increase their lead and hitting the woodwork three times, Xavi believes the visitors were worthy of a draw at the Vicente Calderon.

"I ... » Read more


Moyes rues 'schoolboy error'

Moyes rues 'schoolboy error'

United took the lead in their quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday through Patrice Evra's thunderbolt strike, a goal that gave Moyes' men the lead on aggregate and cancelled out Bayern's away goal from the first leg.

But Bayern responded within 22 seconds of the restart to level through Mario Mandzukic, the Croatian getting ahead of Evra to head home Franck Ribery's cross.

That was the impetus that the defending champions needed and ... » Read more


Koke: Beating Barcelona was spectacular

Koke: Beating Barcelona was spectacular

The 22-year-old midfielder's early volley proved enough for Atletico to win 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon and go through 2-1 on aggregate, reaching the semi-finals of Europe's top club competition for the first time in 40 years.

"It's spectacular," Koke said. "This team has no limits."

Koke is aware how crucial his contribution was, but modestly deflected praise to his team-mates.

"The goal was very important because it helped ... » Read more