It's a tangled web, this transfer business, so bear with us here. The principal players in this latest striker shakeup in Europe are Radamel Falcao, the Monaco loanee whose £43.5 million option to buy seems unlikely to be picked up by Manchester United; Christian Benteke, the relegation revelation for Aston Villa and...
What a difference a year makes in football. The day that Atletico Madrid had to relinquish the La Liga crown was always going to come, but nobody could have envisaged that exactly 365 days on from sealing a first title in 18 years at the Camp Nou, Barcelona would gain their revenge with a 1-0 win to secure the garland at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.
Diego Simeone had spoken of the fact his players underwent a number of tactical briefings before the game in order to eradicate their shortcomings...
MADRID -- Three things from the Estadio Vicente Calderon, where Barcelona clinched the La Liga title thanks to a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday night.
1. First step of treble completed
Lionel Messi's goal midway through the second half has clinched the La Liga title for Barcelona, after a slow-burning afternoon of action saw Barcelona do enough to beat Atletico at the Calderon, meaning Real Madrid's 4-1 win at Espanyol counted for nothing in the race at the top.
Almost a year to the day on from unbridled levels of glory at the Camp Nou, the La Liga title race is set to be decided when Atletico Madrid meet Barcelona once more on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Rojiblancos, lightning has not struck twice. An optimistic repeat to the miracle Diego Simeone's men pulled off in 2013-14 to end Barca and Real Madrid's duopoly at the top of the Spanish game proved a step too far after losing the backbone of that title-winning team in Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis...
Matias Kranevitter has attracted the attention of a number of European clubs with a series of impressively assured displays at the base of the River Plate midfield. And there are sure to be plenty of interested onlookers this Thursday, when the 21-year-old will be part of the River side hoping to defend their 1-0 advantage over fierce rivals Boca Juniors in order to progress to the last eight of the Copa Libertadores -- South America's Champions League.
Fernando Torres has his detractors but is more than paying back the faith Atletico Madrid showed in bringing him home in January. It was his header that salvaged a 2-2 draw at perennial bogey-side Levante for Los Rojiblancos and kept them on course for their primary objective this season.
Just as his did at Villarreal last month, Torres came off the bench to score a vital goal that leaves Diego Simeone's men on the verge of sealing an automatic return to the Champions League next season.