Preview: Nobody is invincible
Everyone at Real Madrid is fired up for Sunday’s exciting match up between Atleti and Los Blancos at the Vicente Calderon. This includes quiet manager Carlo Ancelotti who told the press:
“The Copa final was a final; the game in La Liga went well for us, and not so well for them. They arrived better at the semifinals and we must congratulate them. This Liga game will be different; both teams have a lot on the line.
“There are many games left, but it is true they could go six points ahead. We have always said it: we are going to go from game to game. We will go into the game as if it was a final, as we always do. They are very good in defence and in attack they have great individuals. But nobody is invincible.”
Preview: Atleti poised to make the most out of Milan’s misery
The Rossoneri have had a miserable start to their league campaign and are currently placed ninth in the league table, 31 points behind leaders Juventus. With the Serie A title well out of sight, Milan will try to make the most out of their European expeditions this season.
Despite their current form, Milan have proven to be a tough side to break down at the San Siro and even though Atletico have been enjoying a fine campaign they will find it difficult to beat the Italian side at their own backyard.
Diego Simeone’s men have made major strides this season and from being a club which battled for a top four spot in yesteryears, Atletico have turned into title contenders.
Their performances in the Champions League have been even more overwhelming. Atleti were one of the few teams which managed to go past the group stages of the competition unscathed winning five of the six matches they played with the away fixture against Zenit Petersburg resulting in a draw.
Those were the only two points Atletico dropped this season in Europe and the way they have been playing, it will not be a surprise if they do the unthinkable by winning the Champions League while being the underdogs, something Jose Mourinho’s Porto did when they won the competition back in 2004.
Preview: An uphill task for Spanish Cup champions Atletico
Almost there. Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane are about to experience their first ever Copa del Rey final as managers at Real Madrid. However, as much as upsets happen in football, the Spanish giants remain cautious ahead of Tuesday night’s encounter on the turf of their city rivals.
Atletico Madrid surprisingly conceded three goals without reply at the Santiago Bernabeu last week. This 3-0 first leg defeat requires Diego Simeone to be very smart this time round. What is worse for the Copa del Rey defending champions is that they will be without Diego Costa. The Brazilian-born striker picked up a booking and must now serve suspension.
Preview: Revenge mission – Ronaldo's Real to fail or succeed?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s name is making a lot of rounds in the media today – not only because he is celebrating his 29th birthday, but because the verdict following his dissmissal against Athletic Bilbao on Matchday 22 of La Liga has fallen. CR7 has been slapped with a three-match ban but it only applies in the league.
Coincidentally, Ronaldo’s penultimate sending off happened at the Santiago Bernabeu against Atletico Madrid; that was in the Copa del Rey final, last season. This Wednesday, the visitors and their traveling fans might do all they can to provoke Ronaldo in their favour. While the Ballon d’Or winner’s temper is set to be tested once more, his desire to make up for his moment of madness at San Mames could work out in Real Madrid’s favour.
Preview: Barcelona are current league leaders, but Atletico are out to change that
Real Madrid will be watching this match attentively, as they know any result will favor them. Obviously a draw would probably be the best, but both sides will more than likely go for the full three points.
The Vicente Calderon will get to see Neymar, Messi and Diego Costa on the pitch together. Three magnificent players in their own right, who can alter a game at any given moment. Unfortunately for Messi, his season has been marked by some injuries, but the Argentine returned with two quick goals in Barcelona's last fixture.
La Liga may host what undisputedly are two of the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but one common remark one may hear about the Spanish league is its predictability.
It offers as good a chance of predicting who’ll win the title come May as easily as one can figure whether a Republican or Democrat will win the next United States presidential election.
“You have a 50-50 chance of picking La Liga’s winner”, is a common jest made on many football forums and inside pubs all around the world.
Indeed, such is Barcelona and Real Madrid’s dominance over the past few decades that it really has become a two-horse race, where the Blaugrana and Los Blancos are way ahead of everyone else, who’s left to fight for the scraps for third place and beyond.
“We certainly could’ve drawn worse,” AC Milan club director Umberto Gandini mused after learning that his side had been paired off with La Liga’s Atletico Madrid in the round of 16. The Rossoneri, who had finished second in their group could have faced off against the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United, or Chelsea as their opponents.
So, in light of the terrorizing prospect of dealing with last year’s Champions League winners or a Los Blancos spearheaded by the rampaging Cristiano Ronaldo, who set a new tournament record with nine strikes in just five appearances, then, yes, one could say, theoretically that the “other” Madrid club isn’t the “worst” draw they could’ve gotten.
Preview: Porto has it all to do if they want to progress, against a very strong Atletico side
It is not often that Porto finds themselves in this type of situation, but on Wednesday night, they will need two positive results.
First, they will need to defeat Atletico Madrid, who has yet to lose in the group stage. With four victories and one draw, the Spanish side find themselves into the next round, having claimed 13 points already. Adding to their outstanding record, Simeone's squad has scored 13 goals, while only conceding three.
So apart from that much needed victory for Porto, they will also need Austria Wien to lend them a helping hand against Zenit St. Petersburg.
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.