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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid: Combined XI

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The two Spanish rivals meet in the Champions League final on Saturday, and Henry Jackson selects his best combined XI between both sides. GOALKEEPER- THIBAUT COURTOIS The 22-year-old is arguably the best ‘keeper in world football at the moment, and has enjoyed a sensational season with Atletico Madrid. Iker Casillas is still top class but is a little past his ... Read More »

Champions League Final: Why Alonso is a bigger loss than Costa

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Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated Champions League between rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is sure to be a memorable occasion, but both sides will have to make do without key men. While the loss of 36-goal man Diego Costa through injury is undoubtedly a big blow for Atletico, the suspension picked up by Xabi Alonso in the second-leg of Real’s semi-final triumph ... Read More »

Mourinho’s limitations highlighted again

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The last week has shown that Jose Mourinho is a very flawed manager. While two tough away trips in the space of five days, against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, have shown that he is the undisputed master of making a side tough to beat, Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Atletico also proved he has no Plan B. The perfect ... Read More »

Can Real Madrid end their Champions League nightmare?

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When Zinedine Zidane scored that unforgettable winning goal in the 2002 Champions League Final against Bayer Leverkusen, nobody would have predicted that, almost 12 years later, it would be the last time Real Madrid won Europe’s most prestigious club competition. In the painful years since, los Blancos have endured season after season of disappointment and underachievement in the tournament. For ... Read More »

Liverpool and Atletico Madrid: The People’s Champions

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Both clubs have taken their respective leagues by storm this season, and are on the cusp of winning the title. Their eye-catching style of play, exciting young managers and underdog status make them the teams the neutrals want to see triumph, writes Henry Jackson. At the start of this season, neither Liverpool or Atletico Madrid were remotely fancied to win ... Read More »

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