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Spanish giants Barcelona took the first step towards a treble this season when they defeated Atletico Madrid to reclaim the La Liga title, exactly a year to the day Los Rojiblancos had won it with a draw against the Catalans.

In the match that was held at the Vicente Calderon, Atletico came close to scoring before Luis Enrique’s side started threatening with their attacking gameplay. Diego Simeone’s men managed to keep them at bay for a significant portion of the match before talismanic Argentine superstar Lionel Messi finally put them ahead, scoring the only goal of the match, in the 65th minute.

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Defending champions Real Madrid reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth successive year beating their city rivals Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the second leg of their quarterfinal clash at Santiago Bernabeu after the first leg at the Vicente Calderon had finished goalless.

Javier Hernandez, on loan from Manchester United, scored the only goal of the game, three minutes from the end of regulation time, to settle the tie that for long periods appeared destined for extra-time.

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Reigning Champions League champions Real Madrid will face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarter finals of the competition.

Since Real’s 4-1 victory over Los Rojiblancos in the final of the Champions League last season, the two sides have met each other 6 times this season, with Los Blancos failing to win on even a single occasion. And with both sides desperate to prove a point to each other, the match will certainly be a fierce one.

 

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Reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid destroyed arch rivals and Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid 4-0 in the Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Veteran Tiago put the hosts ahead in the 14th minute, shooting the ball past the buttery hands of Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas. And while the visitors were still thinking about how to pull themselves back into the game, Saul Niguez pumped in another goal, with a scintillating overhead kick, only 4 minutes later.

 

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A Fernando Torres-inspired Atletico Madrid drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in the second leg of their Copa del Rey encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, which led to the visitors advancing to the next round 4-2 on aggregate.

Torres struck his first goals for the club since his return to the Vicente Calderon Stadium. He helped Los Rojiblancos draw first blood with a left foot volley after just 49 seconds. Real pulled a goal back through Sergio Ramos in the 20th minute, with the first half ending at 1-1.

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Chelsea have been ruthless in the transfer market this summer by signing Atletico Madrid’s two most influential players of last season, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis for a combined £50m. Atletico have been left helpless in front of Chelsea’s spending power but if recent news is to be believed, the Spanish champions are set to avenge the Blues with a raid of their own.

The Daily Express claims that Atletico are preparing a bid for German attacker Andre Schurrle this summer and hope that the good transfer relations between the two clubs would help them land the player. Chelsea could be willing to let Schurrle leave as the German has found life at Stamford Bridge difficult due to the relentless competition at the club in the form of Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar.

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New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has certainly showcased much promise in his new role, helping the team get off to a good start this season, by guiding them to a Champions Cup trophy. And now, reports in the press suggest that the Dutchman may also look to revamp the team a bit before the transfer season ends. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported that Van Gaal is contemplating landing Atletico Madrid ace Arda Turan at Old Trafford by offering the reigning La Liga Champions Shinji Kagawa and a sum of £16 million, in a player plus cash swap.

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