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Copa Del Rey Final Tactical Review: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti clearly did his homework on how Atletico Madrid managed to prevent Barcelona from using their strengths. Tata...

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A crown for a new king who couldn’t be stopped He was...

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A crown for a new king who couldn't be stopped

He was shoved out. He could have dived. He could have taken the foul and slowed the game down. Instead, he stayed on his feet, knowing more than anyone that nothing could stop him.Gareth Bale stepped up, and now there are no doubts.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 31: No Change in Spain as Top Three All Win

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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid all registered wins at the weekend as the Primera Liga title race in Spain looks set to go right to the wire. Atletico were victorious in Bilbao, Barca won the Catalan derby and Los Blancos hammered Rayo Vallecano.

Atletico Madrid remain on top of La Liga after coming from a goal behind to inflict only a second home league defeat on Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mames.

Transfer News and Gossip

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone talks up Fernando Torres-Diego Costa swap with Chelsea

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has hinted he is open to the idea of a swap deal with Chelsea involving Fernando Torres and Diego Costa. Costa...

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Arsenal linked with Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly got his eye on Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro. The Gunners have made enquiries about the Brazilian...

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Newcastle linked with Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell and Tenerife forward Ayoze Perez

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to bring Arsenal's Joel Campbell and Tenerife's Ayoze Perez to the club as he aims to bolster his striking options. Costa Rica international Campbell is currently on loan at Greek side Olympiacos and rose to prominence in the UK with his goal against Manchester United in the Champions League.

Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool

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No fewer than five Premier League clubs are in the running to sign Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno this summer, according to reports. Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all involved in a tug-of-war for the 21-year-old defender, according to the Daily Star. Along with Southampton's Luke Shaw, Moreno is one of two [.

Arsenal close to landing Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to complete a summer deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – but the Spanish giants will insist on inserting a buy-back clause in the deal. The 21-year-old has been one of the forwards consistently linked with the Gunners as they have attempted to bring another striker in during [.

Man United, Arsenal and Spurs fight to land Sevilla defender Federico Fazio.

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Premier League trio Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are battling Italian side Fiorentina in their attempts to sign Sevilla defender Federico Fazio. The 27-year-old has been in impressive form at the heart of the La Liga outfit's backline for a couple of seasons, and several European clubs are set to make their move for him [.

Man City meet Chelsea target Radamel Falcao for talks

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Manchester City could be about to pip Chelsea to the signing of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao. Jose Mourinho's side have been heavily linked with a summer bid for the Colombia international in recent months, but City executives are reported to have held talks with Falcao, his agent and Monaco's hierarchy.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris linked with PSG, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona

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There are fresh rumours linking Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer. The France skipper has been linked with a switch to Paris Saint Germain for some time, with the former Lyon man reportedly ready to force a move if as looks inevitable the north Londoners [.

Real Madrid ready to sign Chelsea’s Ashley Cole

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer a two-year contract to Chelsea outcast Ashley Cole, according to reports. The veteran England left-back will be handed a £75,000-a-week deal to become Real's first summer signing, claims The Sun on Sunday. Cole is out of contract in the summer and, having hardly featured under Jose Mourinho [.

Chelsea ‘begin negotiations’ to sign £35m Diego Costa

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Chelsea have decided that Diego Costa is their first-choice transfer target this summer and have opened negotiations to sign the Atletico Madrid striker, according to reports. The Blues are widely expected to bring in a big-name striker this summer and have settled on Costa. They have now begun putting plans in place to secure his [.

Arsenal target Kiko Casilla commits to Espanyol

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Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, a target for Arsenal over the last 12 months, says he will stay at Espanyol next season. The 27-year-old was linked with the Gunners last summer before they agreed the loan signing of Emiliano Viviano. With Viviano set to return to Palermo and Lukasz Fabianski out of contract this summer, Arsene Wenger [.

Real Madrid to offer Fabio Coentrao to Man Utd this summer

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Manchester United will be offered the chance to sign Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao this summer, according to reports. David Moyes attempting to bring the Portugal international in on loan last August, but the last-ditch deal fell through. While in-demand Southampton full-back Luke Shaw is United's first-choice summer target, Coentrao, aged 26, is a viable [.

Champions League

Why Chelsea got the hardest Champions League draw

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Since the quarter-finals were concluded, most Chelsea fans were probably wishing that they would get Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals because of...

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Atletico Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois CAN play against Chelsea, says Uefa

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Atletico Madrid's on-loan Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois will be allowed to face his parent club in the Champions League semi-final at no additional cost, according to Uefa. European football's governing body says their rules render any contract between the two teams null and void despite Atletico's president revealing that his side would have to [.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke would like to pay for Thibaut Courtois to face Chelsea

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Atletico Madrid star Koke says he would love to have enough money to pay for on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to face Chelsea. As we reported yesterday, Courtois is unlikely to face the Blues if the two sides are drawn together in the Champions League semi-finals because of a £2.5m per game fee that would be [.

Top five conclusions: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona

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1. Lionel Messi is still lacking sharpness Atletico Madrid defended tightly and never allowed Messi space to play his usual game. The Barcelona superstar fired his shots wide when he got his few chances. One of Messi's biggest threats is his accuracy when quickly taking half-chances. Last night, he was taking too many touches and [.

Top five conclusions: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona

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1. Lionel Messi is still lacking sharpness Atletico Madrid defended tightly and never allowed Messi space to play his usual game. The Barcelona superstar fired his shots wide when he got his few chances. One of Messi's biggest threats is his accuracy when quickly taking half-chances. Last night, he was taking too many touches and [.

Tactcal Review: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona

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Two sets of players who know each other very well, two South American managers who have failed to outsmart each other on several occasions this season and two teams who bullishly believe in their contrasting styles. One had to fall. Diego Simeone may not have had the luxury of picking Diego Costa or Arda Turan [.

Tactcal Review: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona

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Two sets of players who know each other very well, two South American managers who have failed to outsmart each other on several occasions this season and two teams who bullishly believe in their contrasting styles. One had to fall. Diego Simeone may not have had the luxury of picking Diego Costa or Arda Turan [.

Playing Thibaut Courtois against Chelsea would cost Atletico Madrid £5m

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Spanish side Atletico Madrid are reportedly hoping to avoid Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals because it would cost £5m to field their first-choice keeper. Thibaut Courtois is on loan at Atletico from Chelsea, and a clause in his deal says that Diego Simeone's side must pay £2.5m per game if they want to play [.

Playing Thibaut Courtois against Chelsea would cost Atletico Madrid £5m

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Spanish side Atletico Madrid are reportedly hoping to avoid Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals because it would cost £5m to field their first-choice keeper. Thibaut Courtois is on loan at Atletico from Chelsea, and a clause in his deal says that Diego Simeone's side must pay £2.5m per game if they want to play [.

Top five conclusions: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid

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1. Xabi Alonso is a risk-taking genius In this away game, Alonso spent most of his time working defensively and he was impressive. As a single pivot, he tried his best to protect his back four but he couldn't always use legal ways to stop Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus's runs. No single holding midfielder [.

Tactical Review: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid

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Borussia Dortmund had home support and welcomed Robert Lewandowski, their best player, back from suspension, while Real Madrid had to work without Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, due to an injury. The main positive for Real boss Carlo Ancelotti was that it had been a comfortable 3-0 win his side recorded in [.

Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona

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Atletico Madrid are just a game away from featuring in their first Champions League semi-final in 30 years but it is not against any opponent. They have won 16 of their last 17 Champions League games at Vicente Calderon, but they are likely to be without Diego Costa, their main striker. Costa, who has [.

Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid are looking to finish the job against Borussia Dortmund on the Germans' own turf. Los Blancos are armed with an insatiable forward trio that know no restraint in their quest to deliver the long- awaited Decima, Real's tenth European title. They know that they face a side that is full of technically adept [.

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

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1. Pepe and Sergio Ramos are, as ever, a Real Madrid time bomb Real Madrid had a comfortable win in which they led from the opening minutes, but Sergio Ramos and Pepe were their weak link. The pair committed too many fouls, mostly by clumsy contact with the Borussia Dortmund players. Pepe committed an unnecessary [.

Tactical Review: Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti would have been relishing this game; he got to unleash his pacy stars against a Borussia Dortmund side that believes it can win using its own style against any opponent. Borussia manager Jurgen Klopp had to use his depleted troops to try and impose his team's strengths.

Tactical Review: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid

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Just before this game, reporters reminded Diego Simeone that he has never beaten Barcelona this season. But he just hit back by saying that Barcelona have never beaten them. This game followed a pattern of draws were these team just cancel each other out. Tata Martino needed to win this game in order to be [.

Video: Barcelona mascot suffers comedy slip

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This poor kid was due to be the most popular lad in school tomorrow morning after rubbing shoulders with Barcelona ahead of their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid. Alas, now he's the boy who fell over on live TV. In other news, Lionel Messi appears to have disowned his mascot.

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois ‘will be Chelsea no.1 next season’

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Jose Mourinho has told Thibaut Courtois that we will start next season as Chelsea's first-choice keeper, according to reports. The talented Belgium international has spent the past three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid. But murmurings in Spain suggest that Mourinho will move Petr Cech aside this summer to ensure Courtois commits to the Blues.

Liverpool Legend Condemns ‘Terrible’ Chelsea Attacker

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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has attacked Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, claiming that even his teammates at Anfield were negative when discussing his footballing abilities.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Murphy laid in to the much maligned Spaniard, saying that the 30-year-old can have no excuses for his dismal Stamford Bridge career, and that he is NOT a technically gifted striker,

"Over the last couple of years he's got no excuses.

The Rest

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

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1. Barcelona are not playing to their strengths Under Pep Guardiola, Barcelona were the best team in the world because they had world class players...

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What is wrong with Barça?

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Bale's wonder strike capped a miserable season for the Blaugrana Marc Bartra heading an equalizer and Neymar hitting the post in the final of the Copa del Rey encapsulated Barcelona's hit and miss season, while Real Madrid march on.

Barça might be third in La Liga but more worryingly failed to make the last four of the 2014 Champions League.

Video: Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale’s stunning Copa Del Rey winner (Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona)

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Gareth Bale scored a dramatic late winner for Real Madrid in last night's Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona. The former Spurs man made a trademark...

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History Tells Us That Brazil May Not Actually Be Favorites for 2014 World Cup

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With the 2014 World Cup taking place in the warm confines of Brazil this summer, many experts and fans alike have basically come to the consensus that this the Brazilian World Cup to lose.

The host nation has an incredibly talented squad, a pure striker in Neymar who is ready to burst on the international scene, and a pride that is simply unmatched by any other soccer nation on the planet.

World Cup 2014: ‘Adam Lallana good enough to play for Spain’

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As far as World Cup 2014 predictions go, Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana's inclusion in the England squad for this summer seems certain, with his manager Mauricio Pochettino nowclaiming that the 25-year-old would be good enough to get into the Spain side!