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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
10 Málaga 0 2 0 2
11 Atletico 0 2 0 2
12 Villarreal 0 2 0 2
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Chelsea's Diego Costa: I won't lie, I wanted to return to Atletico Madrid

Antonio Conte stresses how important Diego Costa is to Chelsea's success this season.
Craig Burley says Diego Costa's lack of discipline is no good for anybody and he won't get away with it any longer.
Julen Lopetegui wastes no time as he's omitted both Iker Casillas and Cesc Fabregas from the Spain squad.

Diego Costa has admitted that after a difficult year at Chelsea last season, he considered returning to Atletico Madrid.

The 27-year-old, a £32 million signing from Atletico Madrid two years ago, was reportedly unhappy at Chelsea at the end of last season and there were doubts as to how the temperamental Brazil-born player would fare under Antonio Conte. 

But the forward has enjoyed a strong start to the 2016-17 campaign, scoring two goals in two league starts for Chelsea. He has...

Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez criticises Antoine Griezmann comments

The ESPN FC panel discuss Atletico Madrid's slow start to the season and whether it's already too late for any title hopes.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has scolded Antoine Griezmann for his negative comments after their goalless draw at Leganes on Saturday.

Griezmann spoke out in frustration after a second consecutive draw against a promoted outfit this season, saying: "If we continue like this we are only going to fight to avoid the drop."

But Saul, who helped Atletico finish third last season in Spain's top flight, expressed his disappointment at his teammate's choice of words.

"Griezmann has to think about...

 By Mark Rodden

Diego Simeone key to Antoine Griezmann staying with Atletico

Diego Simeone insists his striker Antoine Griezmann is one of the best in the world.
Diego Simeone believes Antoine Griezmann deserved to be named UEFA's Best Player in Europe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Anotine Griezmann have been named as nominees for this prestigious award, but who will take the plaudits?
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe says that Antoine Griezmann probably won't leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

Antoine Griezmann sought assurances that manager Diego Simeone would be staying at Atletico Madrid before signing a new contract with the club.

Griezmann, 25, extended his contract with Atletico by one year in June and the attacker, who scored 32 goals in all competitions last season, is now tied to the Spanish club until 2021.

Paris Saint-Germain were one of several teams, with Arsenal reportedly another, who tried to lure Griezmann away from Atleti but the France international said that Simeone...

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Atletico Madrid need to keep 'calm and continue working' - Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone believes Antoine Griezmann deserved to be named UEFA's Best Player in Europe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Diego Simeone has called for patience after Atletico Madrid drew their second straight match of the new La Liga campaign, 0-0 away at newly-promoted Leganes.

After dropping points in a 1-1 draw at home against Alaves in the first week of the season, Los Rojiblancos once again failed to fire against relegation-favourites Leganes.

Simeone, however, believes that if his players continue to work hard, then the results will begin to fall their way.

"I absolutely think that with work and enthusiasm we...

Atletico director Clemente Villaverde wary of 'top clubs' in Group D

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol presents a few of the Champions League groups to look out for in this year's competition.

Atletico Madrid are gearing up for a challenging group phase campaign in the Champions League after being drawn against Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven and FC Rostov in Group D.

Diego Simeone's side cleared numerous hurdles last season to reach the final, only to lose to Real Madrid for the second time in three years.

"We always have great enthusiasm in this competition and it will be the same this season," Atletico general director Clemente Villaverde said on the club's official website.

"It's an important...