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Atletico Madrid's favourable UCL group a big help for Simeone

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes go group-by-group to break down the 2015 UEFA Champions League draw.

Diego Simeone and his squad could barely have asked for a better start to a club record third consecutive Champions League campaign, having been paired with Benfica, Galatasaray and Kazak minnows Astana on their first appearance in the big time.

Atletico's heavy investment over the summer in Jackson Martinez, the homecoming of Filipe Luis and holding onto Diego Godin on an improved long-term contract has been done to protect their status among Europe's best.

Having done the hard work in the past...

Atletico Madrid exec says Champions League group 'will give us a lot of work'

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes look ahead to the Champions League campaigns for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Atletico Madrid executive Clemente Villaverde predicted an "open group" after his side were drawn to play Benfica, Galatasaray and FC Astana in the  Champions League group draw on Thursday.

Atletico have played both Portuguese champions Benfica and Turkish club Galatasaray in recent competition, however Champions League debutants Astana will be more of an unknown entity.

UCL DRAW: REACTIONS, ODDS AND MORE

- Full Draw: Man City handed toughest group
- Marcotti: Tough draw for City, Barca | SPI predictions
- Group A: Real Madrid, PSG through | Group B: Man Utd top?
- Group C: Atletico top | Group D: Man City test
- Group E: Barca ease | Group F: Bayern, Arsenal
- Group G: Chelsea to cruise | Group H: Zenit upset?
- FC TV: Prem's chances | Rapid reax | Tables | Fixtures

Speaking from the ceremony in Monaco, Villaverde told reporters the trips to Lisbon and Istanbul were sure to be difficult,...

River Plate warn Atletico Madrid over Matias Kranevitter move

Matias Kranevitter must stay at River Plate until January, Atletico have been told.

River Plate midfielder Matias Kranevitter has arrived in Spain to complete his move to Atletico Madrid -- but it could be scuppered by his club's desire to keep him until January.

After a summer in which he has been consistently linked with a move to the Estadio Vicente Calderon club, an €8 million deal appears close to completion.

Kranevitter, 22, who has been called in to Argentina's...

Atletico Madrid clear Angel Correa for Argentina squad

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says it is a benefit that there is so much competition for starting places at the club.

Emerging Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa has been cleared by his club to join the Argentine senior squad for September friendlies.

Correa, 20, join Atletico from Argentine club San Lorenzo for an initial fee of around €6 million last summer, but then did not play any club football during the 2014-15 season after undergoing an operation on a serious heart condition.

The Rosario-born player finally made his Atletico debut in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 La Liga opening weekend victory...

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Jackson Martinez's debut in Atletico's win pleases Diego Simeone

Jackson Martinez debuted for Atletico Madrid in Saturday's win.

Aletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone said he pleased with Jackson Martinez's debut, even though Antoine Griezmann took the spotlight from their new signing in Saturday's 1-0 win over Las Palmas.

Griezmann was on target with the only goal of the match as Atletico Madrid took all three points from their La Liga opener against the newly promoted side.

The Frenchman's shot deflected off a defender to wrong-foot goalkeeper Raul Lizoain, who got a touch on the ball but couldn't keep it out.

Griezmann was...