Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona. PREVIEW
Spanish La Liga, week 24 February 26, 16:15 CET Venue: Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz Overview on Forms Atletico Madrid → W_W_W_D_W Atletico are on a 10-match undefeated run in Spanish La Liga. Last time they lost a clash in any of the competitions was the Copa del Rey semifinal game against Barcelona themselves (1-2). Not only they show results, they also how a pretty attacking football recently. It is enough to mention that in three last clashes in all competitions the Madrid side scored at least three goals, also showing impressive away game against Bayern Leverkusen within the boundaries of Champions League round of 16 first-leg (2-4). Barcelona → W_L_W_D_W Barcelona, in turn, are undefeated in their last 16 La Liga clashes. Last time they lost in La Liga was back in October. However, those who are following Barcelona in all the competitions, would have noticed that Luis Enrique’s side do not show the game they used to show. Alongside with the horrible game collapse in Champions League game at Parc des Princes (PSG 4-0 Barcelona), Barcelona won their last La Liga clash against Leganes only due to luck in the face of last-minute penalty. Many believe that Barcelona’s lack of ball possession in the recent matches give high chance to Atletico Madrid ahead to the clash at Vicente Calderon. Head to Head Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have met three times during the season 2016/2017. First time they met in September at Camp Nou, where the teams did not reveal the stronger one (1-1). What is more important however, is the fact that these teams played a two-game tie within the boundaries of Copa del Rey semifinals. These games can be a good indicator for the current forms for the teams, as the clashes were played in the beginning of February. Barcelona was obviously dominating the first clash in Madrid (1-2), however failed to win at home (1-1). Important to note that Atletico Madrid’s home clash statistics against Barcelona are worse than that of the away games. The Madrid side lost four out of last five last Barcelona clashes at home, though the only one won was the game which led Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final of season 2015/16. Missing Players Both of the teams lack defensive forces ahead of the Sunday clash. Juanfran is still sidelined for Atletico due to injury, while Diego Godin is doubtful for the clash. A severe injury in ankle fracture injury picked up in Alaves clash (0-6) keeps Aleix Vidal off the squad. The full list of sidelined players is presented below: Atletico Madrid → Tiago, Juanfran, Obrak, Fernandez (all injured) Barcelona → Turan, Mascherano, Vidal (all injured) Probable Lineups
Petit: “Griezmann will join Manchester United”
Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid and definitely become a Manchester United player, says Emmanuel Petit. "I think he will come to Manchester United, definitely,” Petit told Soccer AM. "He has a great partnership with Pogba in the national team, they are very good friends as well. "He will bring goals, assists and his winning mentality as well."
Atletico open to offers for Kevin Gameiro
Atletico Madrid are open to offers for Kevin Gameiro this summer, according to the Daily Mirror, potentially solving Tottenham's strike problem. The striker only joined Atleti in the summer after a £35m move from Sevilla, but has struggled to make an impact and challenge first choice forward Antoine Griezmann. He did, however, score the fastest La Liga hat-trick in 22 years on Saturday.
David Villa sent off after VAR call
New-York City striker David Villa has been sent off the pitch during the game against Houston Dynamo. In the ending of the game, the Spanish forward was shown a red card after kicking the opponent with his arm. The referee showed him a yellow card first, but then he watched the replay after Video Assistant Referee call and decided to dismiss Villa.
Griezmann enjoys life at Atletico
Antoine Griezmann has reiterated he is enjoying life at Atletico Madrid. The 25-year-old is said to be Manchester United’s main priority this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster a squad that has undergone significant change since his arrival at Old Trafford. The France international insists he is happy in Madrid - even speaking of his excitement about Atletico's new stadium – although he refused to close the door on a summer departure. "I feel great at the club and in Madrid," Griezmann told FIFA.com. "On a personal level I'm very happy, and in football terms we're about to move to a new stadium, which is very important. "We'll just have to see what the future brings, but for now I'm very happy here and I hope to win trophies with this club."
Griezmann has doubts about Man Utd move
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has cooled speculation linking him with a summer move to Manchester United, admitting that he has 'doubts' about moving the England. The France international has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, with Griezmann understood to be United’s top priority in the summer. However, the 25-year-old has revealed he has reservations about switching the Vicente Calderon for the Premier League. “I have a lot of doubts about moving to England,” he told RMC. “I have a lot of doubts about my private life. “Everything like rain, bad weather… I need to feel happy outside."
Copa del Rey final will be staged at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon
Barcelona and Alaves will battle it out in Atletico Madrid's home stadium. This is good news for Los Blancos, as they were not keen to see their rivals celebrate a win in their backyard. Vicente Calderon has been Atletico Madrid's home stadium since 1966.But now its time for a new era for the Madrid club. Atleti move to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium from the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign. Last year's final was also at this stadium. Barcelona defeated Sevilla in 2016 to win the competition. Barcelona will be heading into this final with a bit of a boost, as they obliterated Alaves 6-0 last weekend.
Story of a Badge: Atletico Madrid
Vbet News continues the video series called "Club badge history" and today we are going to tell you about the origin of the badge of one of the most successful clubs in Spain and Europe - Atletico Madrid. We will be taking a look on its evolution throughout the years. Atletico Madrid has played in two UEFA Champions league finals in last three years, but do you know why they wear red and white striped shirts? No? Our video will tell you about that.
Atletico revives their interest in Sevilla midfielder
Atletico Madrid are reviving their interest in Sevilla midfielder Vitolo. Atletico made an attempt for Vitolo last summer and remain keen on the 27-year-old Spain international. The midfielder is a favourite of the La Liga club manager Diego Simeone and despite Vitolo committing to a new deal, remains on the Argentine's shopping list. Atletico, reportedly, will pay for Vitolo's transfer about €35 million. Note that the midfielder has made 30 appearances during this season.
Top 10 Player–Rivals in Football
Football mostly builds good relationships, but sometimes it also creates an even greater rivalry between the players: We have identified 10 of the hottest conflicts between the players. Diego Costa- Laurent Koscielny Rivals since 2015 Actually, many players in the APL cannot stand the Spaniard, but he has a special rivalry with Laurent. During games with Arsenal, Costa always incites him by blowing or slapping on the face. The Frenchman was mad about it and said, “Costa’s aim is not playing, but rather making defenders crazy”. Costa’s poor behavior cost Arsenal a few points. After that, Laurent got mad and decided to take revenge. He finally accepted Costa’s rules. Hence, Laurent began hitting the opponent with feet and ignored Costa’s anger. The latter lost control over himself, and that resulted in Chelsea losing points. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrwZa0xp6wI