As Atlético Madrid welcome city rivals and newly-crowned La Liga (LL) champions Real Madrid, they need a result in the 229th competitive ‘El Derbi Madrileño’ to consolidate fourth place in the table. But they have won just one of their last four league games (D1, L2) and have conceded 40+ goals in one LL campaign – for the first time since 2011/12 – highlighting how underwhelming their season has been.
Manchester City remain a point clear at the Premier League summit after drawing 2-2 at home with closest rivals Liverpool on Sunday. Kevin De Bruyne and Diogo Jota exchanged early goals before Gabriel Jesus fired City back in front – only for Sadio Mané to keep the pressure on in the title race with seven games to go.
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach: “Manchester United had different characteristics than City, more direct, quicker. City are more positional, in all areas they manage things well. We’ll have to improve and be better in the good things we did two weeks ago.”
Chelsea advanced into the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season last night by beating Lille 4-1 on aggregate.
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach: “I imagine a dynamic game, at times alternating in pressure – what usually happens in a stadium like this. We will also have our counterattack to take advantage of any mistakes they make. They have a counterattack too, which is one of their best weapons.”
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach: “I see a stronger Manchester United who are more compact. They are defensively strong in the aerial game. It’s hard to find places where they make mistakes. I always prepare for matches with the best that the opponents have and looking for the way to hurt them.”
Following a two-week international break in which most of the squad stayed in Catalonia to train together, Barcelona return to action in La Liga for a
A woefully out of form Atletico Madrid host a decidedly dogged Valencia side in La Liga on Saturday evening.
First-place Real Madrid welcome city rival fourth-place Atletico Madrid to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday for the Madrid derby, one of La Liga’s biggest showdowns.
Sandro Tonali, Milan midfielder: “Winning is the only thing we haven’t done in this group, and we have to do it now. We have been up against strong, smart teams, who are much more used to the Champions League than us. We have to focus for all 90 minutes