Preview: One of the best Madrid derby games in the making
Since joining Atleti in January 2012, coach Simeone has guided his side to glory in the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Cup. What better way for the Rojiblanco’s former player and current manager to celebrate his 200th game than through the Madrid Derby?
Atletico Madrid look confident and rightfully so, after achieving three important things. Firstly, they put an end to their dreadful record against Real Madrid back on May 17 to eventually win the Copa del Rey. Secondly, they did so at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game where prolific goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo saw red. Thirdly, just like last season, they seat above their rich neighbours in La Liga.
Preview: Which player will be the Supercopa de Espana hero?
With Lionel Messi back from injury, it is hard to predict which star will settle the game for his respective team, tonight; that is, if the battle sees a clear Man of the Match winner. In the first leg, David Villa’s opening goal almost gifted Atleti a valuable victory at the Vicente Calderon.
However, Neymar had other ideas. The Brazilian came on as a substitute to rescue new manager Gerardo Martino and the Blaugrana from defeat.
This two-legged Spanish Super Cup tie is wide open. Barcelona are known dominate games – especially at the Camp Nou. Still, Diego Simeone’s men must not be doubted. If Atletico Madrid are playing tonight, it is because they managed to stun bitter city rivals Real Madrid last season in the Copa del Rey final.
Barcelona are experiencing a new cycle under Martino. They will be hoping to win their first trophy of the campaign in front of their home supporters. How likely is an upset of the Catalans, though?
Lionel Messi, only returning from injury after missing last weekend’s 1-0 win away to Malaga, may or may not display the best of his abilities. This does not mean that tonight’s visitors will have a quiet time defending.
Expect Atletico – if they ever find their tempo at the Camp Nou – to defend a lot and try to hit Barca on the counter, just like Bayern Munich did in the UEFA Champions League semis last season.
In fact, Simeone’s men are under pressure since they are obliged to score to stand a chance of lifting the 2013 Spanish Super Cup. The 1-1 draw from the first leg means a goalless draw on Wednesday night will see Barcelona succeed current Supercopa de Espana titleholders Real Madrid.
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Will David Villa's return to the Nou Camp be a pleasant one?
As time went on at the Vicente Calderon, Atletico Madrid fans were growing anxious for the final whistle. David Villa's first match against his former club saw him slot a well struck volley into the Barcelona goal, giving Atletico fans hope.
With Messi on the bench due to an apparent injury, Neymar had to come to the rescue for the Catalans. Will the Brazilian have to be the deciding figure in Wednesday's match again?
Messi's absence in the match with Malaga has Barcelona fans uncertain of his participation in the match on Wednesday, while Atletico Madrid will prepare for the match not knowing what to expect.
Preview: Gerardo Martino to make justice to 'favourites' tag
Martino's career at Barcelona could not have started any better than it did. A 7-0 victory over Levante had Barcelona fans happy, and despite the astonshing result, Barcelona's style of play looked similar to the style they played under Pep Guardiola.
Their match on Wednesday night will be a tougher task for the Catalans, but the Martino is aware that his side has pressure on them for being the favorites going into the match.
The 2013/14 Spanish La Liga campaign kicked off brightly for Gerardo Martino’s new side. A total of seven goals were scored in a purely one-sided affair against Levante last Sunday.
The home crowd witnessed strikes from Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, Pedro and Xavi after Alexis Sanchez offered the hosts a dream start with the opener after three minutes. This fixture symbolized the Blaugrana’s best ever commencement in the league since the 1950/51 season when they defeated Real Sociedad 8-2.
If there was any downside in Barcelona’s 7-0 trouncing of Levante, it would be Neymar’s lack of contribution. The young Brazilian had approximately half an hour to impress on his debut, as he came off the bench for Chile’s Sanchez.
Unlike fellow countryman Romario who hit a hat-trick in his first La Liga game for Barca twenty years ago, Neymar failed to open his goal scoring account. Instead, the 21-year-old finished the night in the referee’s book for fouling Juanfran.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 15, 2013) -- The Spanish capital will be set ablaze on Friday as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid combat to succeed Barcelona as 2013 Copa del Rey champions. Ahead of this Spanish cup final fixture, LiveSoccerTV.com helps you with live TV listings. Find where to watch Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid live at 15:30 EST / 19:30 GMT / 21:30 CET on Friday, May 17, 2013.
Atletico Madrid’s history against their rich city neighbours is terrible. They have not beaten Los Blancos in 14 years. However, history is on their side ahead of Friday’s showdown. In 1992, the Copa del Rey final was played at the Santiago Bernabeu between the same teams. Atletico beat the odds to upset Real Madrid 2-0. Paulo Futre and Bernd Schuster did the damage with a goal each.
Ahead of the big kick-off, we take you through five different angles related to the 2013 Spanish Cup final. We look into Real Madrid’s defensive line-up, Jose Mourinho’s obligation to win the title, Iker Casillas’ miserable time on the bench, Atletico Madrid’s incredible form in Cup Finals during the past three years, and the influence of their two super strikers – Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa. To cap it off, our preview concludes with hyped up quotes and a final prediction.
Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid’s defensive line
Sergio Ramos has been out of action since April 30 when he came inches away from leading Real Madrid to a gargantuan comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League. The Spanish defender scored a late goal in that match but ended the night on the losing side with as much pain on his body as in his heart.
The La Liga title has been all but confirmed for quite sometime, but a mid-week slip up from Real Madrid could finally confirm what many have known, or at least believed.
Although Tito Vilanova's side could already be crowned champions before their next match against Atletico Madrid, what started off looking like a brilliant campaign for the Blaugrana has slowly lost some of is bright spots.
From their first 18 matches, Barcelona looked destined for yet another record breaking season, if that was even possible, after what they had already accomplished with Pep Guardiola at the helm. The transition to Vilanova did not appear to cause any problems for the Catalans as they kicked off at a remarkable pace.
Team news and analysis
Three players are unavailable for this short trip: Marcelo, Essien and Arbeloa (unless he makes a last-minute recovery) will not take part in the Madrid derby. The hosts, meanwhile, have no injury concern apart from Arda Turan who remains doubtful.
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho cannot afford to risk the health of his key players – most of whom underperformed against Borussia Dortmund and must sacrifice themselves next Tuesday to stand a chance of overturning the UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
Miami Beach, Florida - 29 January 2013 -- The first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals features Real Madrid vs Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Spain’s capital. El Clasico, the first of 2013, kicks-off on Wednesday, January 30th at 3:00PM EST (9:00PM local time). The second semi-final features Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla to be played on January 31st at 4:00PM EST (10:00PM local time).
beIN SPORT will provide audiences with pre-match as well as post-match analysis on its in-house program, ‘The Express’. The return fixtures, scheduled to take place on February 26th and 27th (times TBA), will also air exclusively on beIN SPORT.
Notice: If you want to know where to watch the second leg of El Clasico at the Camp Nou, go to Live Soccer TV's Barcelona vs Real Madrid 26 February 2013 page.
Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp to Italian champions Juventus. Thibaut Cortouis, currently on loan to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, has seemingly emerged as a Barcelona target. Barcelona is apparently also interested in Adel Taarabt of QPR.
Real Madrid to remain longer behind city rivals Atletico… and Barcelona?
Before the start of the 2012/13 Spanish Primera Divison campaign, it was clear that Real Madrid would have a hard time defending their crown. Hitting 100 points last term was not a miracle – it was the result of intense work out, physically like mentally.
On their way to glory, they even claimed their first ever league victory at the Camp Nou since 2007. Many believe that if the Spanish giants lifted their 32nd La Liga trophy, it is because Barcelona were not at their best last term. While this could be a debate for another day, the fact remains that Real Madrid won the 2011/12 league title and are now struggling to defend it.
In Part 1 of 4 pieces, we recall Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or triumph, Zambia’s historic Africa Cup of Nations success, Borussia Dortmund’s domestic double, Atletico Madrid’s great 2011/12 season and Manchester City’s nail-biting finish in the English Premier League.
1. Lionel Messi wins third straight FIFA Ballon d’Or
January 9, 2012 – La Pulga, at only 24 years of age, went on to win his third Ballon d’Or award on the trot. The previous year, he beat 2010 FIFA World Cup winners and Barcelona team mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta to clinch the prize.
Now the circumstances have changed and Atletico are competiting with Barcelona for the title. With six points behind the league leaders, this is a must win game for the Los Colchoneros.
Cesc Fabregas was substituted early in the first half for Alexsis Sanchez, after the Spainiard complained of a thigh injury and he may not play until next year.
Atleti player Cristian Rodriguez also will not take part in this fixture.
The Spanish giants entered the game 14 points behind rampant league leaders Barcelona. The pressure to win was therefore intense but Cristiano Ronaldo's opener in the 16th minute eased matters for the hosts.
In the second period, the iconic Portuguese hit the woodwork twice - first through another free-kick and then from a tight angle shot. Man-of-the-match Cristiano Ronaldo also created Real Madrid's second goal, scored by Mesut Ozil inside the 65th minute.
A pair of goals was enough for Los Blancos to dismantle their city rivals, Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid closed the gap against their neighbours to five points. At the Camp Nou, Barcelona trounced Athletic Bilbao 5-1 with a double from 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Lionel Messi.
The highlight of the night however remains Cristiano Ronaldo's powerful long-range free-kick against Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Watch the video here:
It is widely believed that Radamel Falcao is unlucky to be part of the current superstar generation dominated by the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. El Tigre is considered by many as the world’s best number 9 at the moment.
Statistics and medals speak for themselves. He single-handedly led FC Porto and Atletico Madrid to UEFA Europa League glory with a flurry of goals in the last two seasons. He demolished Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup with a hat-trick and he is not yet finished.
In spite of all these efforts and feats, Radamel Falcao did not make the three-man shortlist for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or award which was announced on Thursday. Euro 2012 champion Andres Iniesta joined La Pulga and CR7 to complete the line-up.