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Atletico confirms João Felix’s Injury

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed Felix will miss out on Celta clash due to ankle injury.

Felix has scored 8 goals and made 2 assists in 31 games in all competitions after his arrival at Atletico this season.

The Portuguese striker underwent tests on Sunday after replaced by Correa in Atletico 3-0 Mallorca and Atletico have confirmed his injury.

Further treatment is needed and it’s unknown how long he will be sidelined.

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Full-time Result : Atletico 3-0 Mallorca

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Game is over and the final score is Atletico 3-0 Mallorca. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 La Liga
3-0
Morata (29′ PEN)
Morata (45’+4′)
Koke (79′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

11′ CHANCE! Kubo’s shot saved

29′ Penalty Goal! Atletico 1-0 Mallorca (Morata)

49′ GOAL! Atletico 2-0 Mallorca (Morata)

58′ Felix out with frustration, Correa in

59′ NICE TRY! Kubo’s shot cleared off

68′ Yellow Card! Diego Costa booked

73′ CLOSE! Lodi hits the crossbar

79′ GOAL! Atletico 3-0 Mallorca (Koke)

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Line-ups


Atletico XI: Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Morata, Saul , Koke, Carrasco, Gimenez, Llorente, Felix, Manu Sanchez

Subs: Diego Costa, Adan, Arias, Herrera, Vitolo, Lemar, Partey, Correa, Saponjic, Lodi, Moya, Álvaro García

Mallorca XI: Manolo Reina, A. Trajkovski, Dani Rodríguez, Raillo, A. Sedlar, Febas, J. Hernández, Pozo, Fran Gámez, I. Mohammed, T. Kubo

Subs: Salibur, Salva Sevilla, P. Chavarría, Xisco Campos, J. Lago, Abdón Prats, Josep Señé, Miquel Parera, Joan Sastre, Chus Ruiz, Fran Gonzalez, L. Romero.

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Barca 2-2 Atletico, Title hope dented for ‘The Catalonia Giants’


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Barca 2-2 Atletico, Title hope dented for ‘The Catalonia Giants’

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Barcelona could soon find themselves four points behind LaLiga leaders Real Madrid after being held to a 2-2 draw by Atletico Madrid.

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Lionel Messi scored the 700th goal of his career but Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid by a pair of Saul Niguez penalties, damaging their LaLiga title defence.

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Barca’s all-time leading scorer Messi brought up the milestone at Camp Nou with a brilliant Panenka from the penalty spot as he punished Felipe for sending Nelson Semedo to ground early in the second half.

However, Saul, who first equalised in the opening period after Diego Costa’s own goal, powered home from 12 yards for the second time after Semedo caught Yannick Carrasco in the box.

Match Events

11′ OWN GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Atletico (Diego Costa)

The Catalan take the lead as Messi’s corner strikes the thigh of Costa and travels past Oblak into the net. The striker opens his legs as he tries to clear the danger, but unlike his previous attempt, it clips the back of his right thigh and speeds over the line.

16′ Penalty Missed! (Diego Costa)

Costa takes the penalty, but sees his effort saved by Ter Stegen diving low to his left. However, the referee receives a message over his communication device that the keeper was off his line before the kick was struck. Therefore the penalty will be retaken.

17′ Yellow Card! Ter Stegen booked

Ter Stegen comes off his line too early from the spot-kick and is booked by the referee. His intial save of Costa’s effort is chalked off.

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19′ Penalty Goal! Barcelona 1-1 Atletico (Saul )

Atletico opt to change their penalty taker after Costa’s miss. Saul has no problem dispatching his left-footed strike into the bottom-right corner, sending Ter Stegen the wrong way. The visitors are back in the game.

22′ CHANCE! Messi’s long shot inches wide

Messi takes possession in the right inside channel and opens up space to fire at goal on his left foot. He arcs his strike away from Oblak towards the top-left corner, but the ball hits the outside of the post and travels wide.

50′ Penalty Goal! Barcelona 2-1 Atletico (Messi)

The home side regain the lead as the Argentine scoops his strike with a panenka into the middle of the net. Oblak dives early and is powerless to prevent the strike from crossing the line. It’s a special strike for Messi – his 700th career goal.

62′ Penalty Goal! Barcelona 2-2 Atletico (Saul )

Ter Stegen is furious with himself as Saul’s strike just bursts through his hands and finds the bottom-right corner. It’s not a clean effort from the Spaniard and the Barca keeper should make the stop, but his hands are not firm enough and the ball trickles into the net.

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Barcelona Vs Atletico starting line-ups revealed

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The line-ups of Barcelona vs Atletico have been announced.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Riqui Puig, Vidal, Rakitic; Messi, Suárez.

Subs: Neto, Pena; Firpo, Roberto, Umtiti, Araujo; Arthur, Monchu, Collado; Braithwaite, Fati, Griezmann.

Atletico XI: Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Felipe, Renan Lodi; Marcos Llorente, Thomas, Saúl, Carrasco; Correa, Diego Costa

Subs: Adan; Hermoso, Trippier, Alvaro, Sanchez; Ricard; Lemar, Herrera, Vitolo; Felix, Morata, Saponjic.

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Barca Vs Atletico,Match will become life or death for Catalonia giants

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Barcelona host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in the midst of a crisis.

The Catalans have surrendered first place in LaLiga Santander to Real Madrid since the resumption of the season and Quique Setien is losing his grip on the dressing room.

Barcelona’s coaching staff have a battle on their hands to convince their players, whose behaviour and comments are raising eyebrows.

Lionel Messi was seen ignoring assistant coach Eder Sarabia at Balaidos on Saturday, while Luis Suarez’s comments afterwards hinted at dissatisfaction with his coaches.

The prospect of dropping more points against an in-form Atletico Madrid would surely lead to consequences at the Camp Nou.

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Back-up plans


The tension between coaches and players is generating serious doubts over Setien’s future.

The names of Xavi Hernandez and Xavi Garcia Pimienta are already on the table as possible successors in the Barcelona dugout.

In the meantime, Setien will be without the injured Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele against Atletico, but Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto are available again.

The Barcelona boss won’t be rotating his squad for this titanic clash and will field his strongest team against Diego Simeone’s side.

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Contrasting fortunes


While the problems at Barcelona are piling up, Atletico have been given a new lease of life since the season’s resumption.

Los Rojiblancos have climbed from sixth to third in the table in the space of five games, of which they’ve won their last four.

After a tough transition year following the departures of several key players, including Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, Atletico are in their best form.

However, Atletico’s recent form at the Camp Nou is well documented.

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Atl Madrid 2-1 Alaves, Ratings, Starting Xi and match report

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Game is over and the final score is Atletico 2-1 Alaves. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 La Liga
2-1
Saul (59′)
Diego Costa (73′ PEN)
Joselu (90’+3′ PEN)


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

8′ CLOSE! Saul’s header wide out

11′ NICE TRY! Felix’s bicycle kick inches wide

40′ Yellow Card! Partey booked

59′ GOAL! Atletico 1-0 Alaves (Saul )

73′ Penalty Goal! Atletico 2-0 Alaves (Diego Costa)

93′ Penalty Goal! Atletico 2-1 Alaves (Joselu)

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Line-ups
Atletico XI: Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Morata, Saul , Koke, Partey, Gimenez, Correa, Felix, Lodi

Subs: Diego Costa, Adan, Arias, Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco, Felipe, Lemar, Llorente, Saponjic, Moya, Manu Sanchez

Alaves XI: L. Fejsa, Edgar Méndez, Aleix Vidal, Pacheco, Ely, Pons, Marin, Burke, Rodriguez, Aguirregabiria, A. Mahmoud

Subs: Roberto, Garcia, Joselu, Laguardia, Pina, Ximo Navarro, Duarte, Camarasa, Rioja, José Rodriguez, Sainz, Paulino.

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Osasuana 0 – 5 Atletico, Felix lands a brace

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Atletico Madrid moved into fourth place in LaLiga as Joao Felix grabbed a double in a thrashing of Osasuna.

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Joao Felix struck twice as Atletico Madrid ended a three-match winless streak in LaLiga in style with a 5-0 hammering of Osasuna on Wednesday.

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Diego Simeone’s side had slipped to sixth prior to their trip to El Sadar Stadium, but Joao Felix’s double set the stage for them to move into the top four.

Having broken the deadlock in the 27th minute, Joao Felix was on hand to tuck in his and Atleti’s second shortly after the hour, with Adrian Lopez spurning a glorious chance to get Osasuna back into the game.

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27′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-1 Atletico (Felix)

Atletico lead, Felix opens the scoring with a belting finish! Herrera plays a nice ball in behind to Lodi, who pulls it back for Saul. He mis-hits his shot but Lato can only half-clear it, and Felix runs onto the loose ball, spanking a powerful right-footed effort into the top-right corner. Great strike.

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56′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-2 Atletico (Felix)

Correa sets Costa off in behind, and the pair are two-on-one against the goalkeeper. Costa carries it forward down the right before laying off the youngster for a tap-in. Game over?

79′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-3 Atletico (Llorente)

A deep free-kick is played straight into his feet at the edge of the area. He turns, bustles his way through three defenders then shoots through Hernandez’ legs, across the goalkeeper and into the bottom-left corner. Superb goal.

82′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-4 Atletico (Morata)

He gets in behind and finishes powerfully, across the goalkeeper and into the bottom-right corner with his right foot. It was originally flagged offside but his run was timed perfectly, and the goal is given after a quick check upstairs.

88′ GOAL! Osasuna 0-5 Atletico (Carrasco)

Carrasco has only been on the pitch for a few minutes, but he makes it five! Carrasco blocks Hernandez’ clearance into the path of Llorente, who carries it forward and squares it back to the Belgian for an easy finish.

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Cavani Links with United despite Atletico,Inter and Newcastle’s interest


Cavani’s future continues to be up in the air, and that means he’ll continue to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

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The 33 year old’s contract at PSG expires at the end of June and he’s of interest to several clubs. Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe reports Inter Milan, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are in the picture as potential destinations.

Cavani will not ‘rule out’ moving to Old Trafford, and the same goes for other options on the table. The French newspaper states Manchester United have been interested since January, which makes some sense given their search for a striker at the time.

PSG priced Cavani out of a move in the winter market, with it being reported at the time they asked Atletico Madrid for as much as €30m to sign the Uruguayan. The failure of that transfer reportedly angered Cavani, and it may well be that he’d prefer Atletico should they make another attempt this summer.

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Manchester United need to decide what to do regarding Odion Ighalo, and whether they even need a new striker given Marcus Rashford will be fit for the start of next season.

If they do want to sign a short term option, and if Cavani would accept a short contract, then he could be a solution.


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Joao Felix suffers 3 weeks Injury in training


Joao Felix sprained ligaments in his left knee during Atletico Madrid’s training session on Monday and that will keep him on the sidelines for roughly three weeks.

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In principle, the 20-year-old will not miss any game time as Los Rojiblancos’ first LaLiga Santander match after the restart will come away at Athletic Club in just under three weeks’ time.

“Joao Felix has suffered a low grade medial collateral ligament left knee sprain, as confirmed by tests he underwent at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra,” Atletico’s statement read.

This is the third injury suffered by Joao Felix in his first season at Atletico.

First it was a sprained ankle against Valencia that made him miss four games in LaLiga Santander and two in the Champions League.

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Then, a muscle injury before the Madrid derby at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu saw him miss three league games and the Champions League first leg against Liverpool.

These two ailments mean that Joao Felix has only been able to play in 28 games so far this season.


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Asensio looks just Like “New Signing” For Madrid


On July 24, 2019, Marco Asensio suffered an ACL injury during Real Madrid’s pre-season that was set to rule him out for close to the entire 2019/20 campaign.

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However, the coronavirus-related pause in the season means that he is almost recovered from that injury and there are still 11 rounds of LaLiga Santander action to go.

His left knee has passed all the tests it has been put through so far and Asensio can continue to recover without feeling rushed.

The 24-year-old is feeling confident about his return and he is ready to show that he can live up to the potential the whole world of football spoke about when he burst onto the scene in 2016.

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Florentino Perez visited Real Madrid training this week and logically spent a lot of time speaking with coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos, but the other player he had a very lengthy chat with was Asensio.

The president and those in charge at the club have Asensio’s back, as they also supported him in 2018/19 when he struggled to live up to expectations that he could help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Zidane has been a big believer in Asensio’s talent over the years too and now the man from Mallorca is keen to repay the faith that has been placed in him.

When competitive action returns, Asensio could play as a second striker if Luka Jovic and Mariano are still out injured, while he also has the advantage of being versatile enough to start across the front line.

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Luis Enrique is a fan too and Asensio will be looking to impress the Spain coach, but the priority right now is to return properly and to help Real Madrid fight for the league title.

In this sense, Asensio is like a brand new mid-season signing for Los Blancos.


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Cavani Chooses PSG Over And Over Again

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Edinson Cavani is open to extending his contract at Paris Saint-Germain despite interest from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

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The striker’s current deal is set to expire in the summer and he has been linked with a move away from the French champions after almost departing in the January window.

But according to L’Equipe, the forward may have changed his mind after originally being set on leaving.

The report claims Cavani is no longer reluctant at the idea of extending his deal after being involved with the squad a lot more since January.

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PSG director Leonardo is also thought to be open to the possibility with the club set for a difficult summer due to the financial impact of coronavirus.

The chief has reportedly had to revise the club’s transfer plans with big-money deals unrealistic. Mauro Icardi is currently on-loan from Inter Milan but L’Equipe claim PSG could look to save around £60million by keeping Cavani rather than pursuing a permanent deal for the Argentinian.

Cavani was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in January but a move failed to materialise and he ended up staying in Paris.

The Uruguay forward seven goals and three assists in all competitions this season.

France’s Ligue 1 was cancelled at the end of April due to the pandemic with PSG being awarded the title.


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Morata To Become Atl Madrid’s Biggest Singing

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As it stands, Alvaro Morata will be Atletico Madrid’s big purchase in 2020.

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Los Rojiblancos have an obligation to buy the striker from Chelsea for 55 million euros when his loan expires on July 1.

From that point on, Morata’s Atletico contract will begin and won’t expire until 2023.

Atletico have got used to spending big money in the transfer market in recent years, after having parted with 72 million euros to sign 70 percent of Thomas Lemar’s rights in 2018 before forking out 127 million to sign Joao Felix in 2019.

Now, it looks like Morata’s fee will be their biggest spend of the year, with their focus now shifting towards low-cost deals.

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These low-cost moves include the likes of Real Valladolid centre-back Mohammed Salisu, whose release clause is 12 million euros, and Ivan Rakitic, whose contract is up at Barcelona next year.

As for Morata, he’s become a key figure amongst Diego Simeone’s squad this season and is Los Colchoneros’ top scorer in all competitions with 12 goals.


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Atleti ‘would prepare €25m offer for James Rodriguez as player will force move’

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Colombian daily El Universal reports that James Rodríguez will push for a move to Atlético Madrid this summer after being frozen out at the Bernabéu.

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James Rodríguez is to force the issue of his bit-part role at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane by slapping in a demand to move to city rivals Atlético this summer, according to reports in Colombia.

James was linked with a move across the capital last year when his loan at Bayern Munich came to an end but the midfielder ended up staying at the Bernabéu, where he has been an infrequent starter under the Frenchman. Now it seems that the 28-year-old is to push for a link-up with Diego Simeone at the Metropolitano in the next transfer window.

Talks between the clubs were at an advanced stage last year but Atlético’s crushing 7-3 victory over Madrid in a friendly in New Jersey led Florentino Pérez to deny the Colombian his exit.

James set for Simeone link-up at Atlético

“James Rodríguez will remain in Madrid and play for Atlético,” ran the headline on the front page of Colombian daily El Universal on Tuesday with the report stating that James is set to ask for a move and Madrid will accept €25m for the midfielder.

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Although Jorge Mendes has said his client will not be leaving Madrid, it is unlikely James will accept another season of inactivity under Zidane and prefers a move to Atlético – where he would potentially play alongside international teammate Santiago Arias – in order to remain in the Spanish capital.

Another option for James is to remain at Madrid for another season and leave in 2021 as a free agent. The Colombian has been linked with a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami while Manchester United are also monitoring his situation.


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Atletico Madrid are facing an attacking dilemma

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When everyone is fit, Diego Simeone has an embarrassment of riches up front.

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Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa, Joao Felix and Angel Correa are battling for three places between them in El Cholo’s line-up.

It’s a dilemma that the Atletico Madrid boss hasn’t faced too often this season, with all four being fit at the same time in just eight of the club’s 38 games so far.

At the start of the season, it looked as if Atletico’s three attacking positions would pick themselves, but the emergence of Correa as a key player in recent months has thrown the selection wide open.

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With Jan Oblak in goal, Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Felipe and Renan Lodi in defence and Saul, Thomas Partey and Koke in midfield, there are three spots left in the team.

During the eight games where each of Morata, Costa, Joao Felix and Correa were fit, there were two favoured combinations.

Costa and Morata started up front together three times, with Joao Felix playing on the right side of midfield more often than not and Correa being left on the bench.

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The partnership between Costa and Joao Felix was also used three times, with Correa starting on the right and Morata being left on the bench.

However, Morata-Correa and Morata-Joao Felix combinations have also been used at some point this season.

Once the LaLiga season resumes, Simeone has some tricky decisions to make.


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Godin on his favorite Goal

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Diego Godin has no doubts that his favourite ever goal was the header he scored against Barcelona at the Camp Nou to hand Atletico Madrid the LaLiga Santander title.

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Los Colchoneros went to Catalonia in the last round of the 2013/14 season needing a point to clinch the title, and things hadn’t been going to plan as they were 1-0 down at half time.

But Godin rose to head home early in the second half with what proved to be a title winning goal.

“The goal against Barcelona is without doubt the best I’ve ever scored,” Godin said on Instagram.

“Winning LaLiga [Santander] in Barcelona and scoring as well…

“I experienced a lot of spectacular moments at Atletico, but the goal at Barcelona was the best for me and, I think, for a lot of fans as well.”

Godin was a key part of Diego Simeone’s side in the Spanish capital, and he has nothing but good things to say about his former coach.

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“Cholo Simeone is a complete coach,” the defender added. “I always said that when I was at Atletico.

“He’s close to you, he does a lot of tactical work and he’s very smart when he prepares for games.

“He has an innate talent for preparing for games, he’s passionate and creates a bond between the team and fans.

“He’s the conductor of an orchestra.”

Godin’s time at Inter hasn’t gone quite as smoothly as he’d have expected, and he didn’t rule out a return to Atletico after he hangs up his boots.

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“I’m asked this a lot,” he said on a potential return.

“I enjoyed my best sporting moments at Atletico, without a doubt.

“But my time there as a player is over, I’ve turned the page and I’m living new experiences at Inter.

“I’m growing and learning new things.

“I won’t return there as a player, but we’ll see about another role… who knows.

“Either way I’ll continue to be an Atletico Madrid fan forever.”


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Atletico Madrid ‘offer Edinson Cavani a two-year contract worth £10m per season’

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Atletico Madrid are looking to steal a march on Edinson Cavani and will offer him a two-year deal worth £10million per season, reports in Spain claim.

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The Uruguayan’s contract at PSG is up this summer and he is being heavily linked with a move away from Paris, with Atletico the most likely destination.

And now Mundo Deportivo have reported that manager Diego Simeone sees Cavani as the perfect fit to lead the line for his team next season, with the Madrid outfit offering the 33-year-old a two-year deal.

It was believed that Cavani would move on in January to give PSG an opportunity to cash in on a player who has netted 200 goals in 300 games since arriving in the French capital.

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But despite being linked with a move to the Premier League and LaLiga, Cavani ended up staying put amid reports that Atletico could not agree a fee.

Now he is almost certainly heading for the exit door as the expiry date on his deal looms.

Simeone is targeting a new striker next season, according to the report, and after failing to land Cavani in January he is keen to ensure the club wins the race for his signature.

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As it stands they are the favourites to sign him although there should be plenty of suitors – with the chance to sign such a high-calibre forward on a bosman.

Last month it was reported that Cavani would be open to staying with PSG, with L’Equipe claiming that he could be persuaded into signing an extension.

Cavani has won an impressive 19 trophies during his seven-season stay in France, writing his name into PSG folklore. He is the all-time leading goalscorer in the history of the club.


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Is JOAO Felix yet to convince Atletico MADRID?

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Nine months have passed since Joao Felix joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica, yet his compatibility with the team’s style of play is still questioned.

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One of the latest figures to join the discussion is former Atletico midfielder Paulo Assuncao, who has stood by his compatriot’s decision to sign for Los Rojiblancos.

“Joao Felix made a good choice because [Diego] Simeone is a fantastic coach,” he told Record.

“He and his assistants, Mono Burgos and Nelson Vivas, work very well with the players on the tactical and mental aspects.

“Joao can be a Ballon d’Or [winner] in two or three years.”

Meanwhile, other former players, such as Rafael van der Vaart, don’t understand why Atleti spent 127 million euros on a player who doesn’t fit to their style.

“Joao Felix is a great footballer, but he is at the wrong club and under the wrong coach,” the Dutchman claimed.

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“When Atletico bought him last summer, I immediately thought that they could change their philosophy and start playing football.

“However, that has not been the case.”

Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Simao Sabrosa agrees with Van der Vaart.

“I honestly believe that Joao Felix does not fit with the style of play at Simeone’s Atletico Madrid,” he explained.

“[Antoine] Griezmann suffered brutal fatigue on a defensive level and often did not have fuel to join the attack.

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“Simeone’s mentality is to defend, defend, defend and then, later, attack.”

Antonio Cassano has also criticised Atletico’s decision to splash out the sort of sum required to sign the Portuguese forward.

“More than 120 million for a boy who has had a good season at Benfica perhaps is too much,” he stressed.

“But he has Jorge Mendes as agent and some things can make a difference.”


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Cavani ‘open to extending his stay at PSG’ despite Atletico interest


Edinson Cavani is open to extending his stay at Paris Saint-Germain beyond this summer, despite speculation he will leave the club when his contract expires.

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The Uruguayan international has been heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Atletico Madrid reportedly attempting to sign him during the January transfer window.

However the move broke down, and French newspaper L’Equipe have now reported he could sign an extension to his current deal.

Diego Simeone’s side is favourite to sign the 33-year-old as he looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the next campaign.

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A potential move to sign him in January fell apart due to a disagreement over transfer fees, with Atletico president Enrique Cerezeo publicly criticising the French club.

The LaLiga side are not the only team interested in Cavani’s services, with Manchester United, Inter Milan and several South American teams, including Flamengo, all reportedly interested.

With his contract expiration date looming large, the Uruguayan striker has not confirmed any intent to leave the reigning French champions.

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This is despite his relationship with the club becoming increasingly fractured in recent months.

Atletico will continue to monitor the situation and might reassess the situation when Ligue 1 football returns following the coronavirus pandemic.

Since Cavani signed for PSG in 2013, the prolific striker has scored 200 goals in 300 appearances across all competitions.

He has contributed heavily to the club’s domestic success, helping them win five out of the last six French league championships.


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It has been a year since Atletico flop Thomas Lemar scored his last goal


Five minutes from the end in Atletico Madrid’s trip to Ipurua last April, Thomas Lemar scored a vital winner in their fight to finish as LaLiga Santander’s runners up.

The Frenchman came on early in the second have and made a big difference on the day, but he hasn’t managed to score again or play as much of an important role for Diego Simeone since April 20, 2019.

He assisted Antoine Griezmann in a win against Valencia in the following game, but after that he’s effectively had a sabbatical year.

Having previously scored against Sant Andreu in the Copa del Rey and Getafe in LaLiga Santander, that strike at Eibar could prove to be his last for Los Rojiblancos.

The more time that passes, the more than 72 million euros spent on 70 percent of Lemar’s rights is questioned.

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Lemar hadn’t set the world alight before that game in Eibar, either.

He hasn’t even managed an assist in his 14 Champions League appearances, and his exciting debut against Real Madrid in the European Super Cup is as good as his time at the Wanda Metropolitano has been.

Despite being given countless opportunities by Simeone, he hasn’t taken advantage.

Even Juanfran has had twice as many assists in the last 12 months, while Kieran Trippier has already chipped in with four this season and Renan Lodi has served up three.

Perhaps the most damning comparison comes from Marc-Andre ter Stegen though, as the Barcelona goalkeeper has even managed two assists from his goal since Lemar’s goal against Eibar.

He’s offered next to nothing in his last 29 appearances, as many as 67 defenders have scored in LaLiga Santander since, and 23 have provided more assists as well.

Although he’s contracted until 2023, Lemar’s days in Madrid are numbered.


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How Man Utd Could Tempt Atletico Madrid Star Saul Niguez to Old Trafford


Manchester United have been tipped to offer Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez a significant pay rise on his current contract in order to tempt the Spain international to Old Trafford in the next transfer window.

United have been linked with Saul on and off for a number of years, but speculation began to grow again in December and has been further reported in March and April.


United have previously been described as ‘increasingly confident’ of being able to strike a deal. But while the player has a £135m release clause, it has been suggested that the Premier League giants don’t envisage spending more than about £70m.

The likelihood of any approach would hinge on whether Paul Pogba is still a United player next season. NobleSports recently revealed there is still mutual interest between Pogba and Real Madrid, although the global coronavirus pandemic will likely limit transfers as some clubs struggle financially.


Even though Saul signed a nine-year contract with Atletico in 2017, gossip originating in Spain has suggested that talks over improving that deal have stalled because the player’s representatives believe him to be worth more than is on offer in Madrid.

If United formalise their rumoured interest, The Sun alleges that presenting Saul with a bumper pay rise is how they would pull off the deal. The tabloid claims United would offer to almost double his current salary from the equivalent of around £115,000 per week to £200,000.


The Sun further claims that United have ‘made it clear’ they want to be kept up to date with any developments regarding Saul’s future plans.

United are one of the few sides who could be in a healthy position regarding finance and transfers ahead of next season, with the Old Trafford club not expected to be hurt by the coronavirus crisis, which is threatening to collapse the transfer market for many teams.


Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that United could ‘exploit’ the situation.

“Who knows how the market is going to react to this?” Solskjaer said.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“Who knows which clubs need to sell players? There might be just a situation there where you can exploit, and I know that we at Man United we are one of the biggest, and the biggest, financially well-off.”


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Barca, Madrid & Atleti… La Liga masks made by fans for non-profit


Face masks of La Liga teams including Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico have been created by fans which is for non-profit amid coronavirus pandemic.

As MD reports, the designs were made by a football fan of Salamanca named Julian Vicente.

He told MD that he designed this without any commercial purpose and he just thought if interesting when in lockdown.


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