French star Antoine Griezmann turned down the opportunity of playing for Barcelona to go to Atlético Madrid. When you think about it, it hurts to say it, but the player made the right choice as the Catalans wanted him for their reserve team for a year before promoting him to first team action.
Barcelona cruised home to a comfortable away win at Elche last night while Real Madrid crashed out to Atlético Madrid in a thrilling game where “El Niño” Fernando Torres got both goals. Barcelona now face Diego Simeone’s men in the quarter finals of La Copa. More here
Atlético Madrid spoke about a “complete performance” at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night to hold Barcelona to a 1-1 draw ahead of next week’s decider. Diego Ribas scored a wondrous goal and Barcelona will be without Gerard Piqué for 4 weeks after bruising his pelvis. More on this tie here
The Vicente Calderón has provided in recent seasons, the backdrop for some of Leo Messi’s most memorable goals. The Argentine has scored against the ‘colchoneros’ 20 times and looks to improve on his tally on Saturday. Atlético Madrid also appears to be the opponent that most motivates Messi. More on this story
In a dramatic turnaround, David Villa has been signed by Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s outfit pipped favourites Tottenham Hotspur to the post with this signing. Villa will be replacing Radamel Falcao who went to Monaco for 45M Euros. This move will guarantee Villa playing time in order to impress Del Bosque ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Read more about David Villa’s move
Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Real Madrid is the best team in the world and that they have to start strong. The Real Madrid striker was speaking to Realmadrid.com and Real Madrid TV about the Copa del Rey final against Atletico Madrid on Friday and highlighted that if they play like they know how then the whites will win. More on Cristiano Ronaldo
Barca beat Atletico Madrid last night without wanting to. After a goal by Radamel Falcao and a late goal by Alexis Sánchez, Atletico’s Gabi put the ball into the back of his own net past a bewildered Courtois to hand victory to Barca. The Catalans ended up with just 10 men as Messi suffered a relapse of his hamstring problem and Vilanova used all 3 subs. Read the rest here
FC Barcelona won the Spanish league last night after Real Madrid failed to beat Espanyol at Cornellà. The cat and mouse game was finally over and Barcelona can now enjoy the moment and celebrate their 22nd La Liga title. It’s been a long year for Barca and a season full of problems but the Catalans have come through it to win a deserved La Liga title. More about Barca’s La Liga win