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About Carlo Valladares

Soccer analyst who works for various outlets and is special to AtleticoFans.com. Covers topical, tactical, statistical, and features for this site and others. Twitter: @C_V_News https://twitter.com/C_V_News Personal Website: CarloValladaresNews.com Professional Email: Carlo.ValladaresNews@gmail.com

Torres has been in improved form lately

Three takeaways from Atlético’s 1-1 draw to Barcelona

In the end, inefficiency in front of goal, and one poor off-side decision cost Atlético Madrid a chance to come back from their 2-1 deficit heading into the second-leg of the Copa del Rey final at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Los rojiblancos ended up conceding one goal at the hands of Luis Suárez a couple of minutes before the half, an opening first stretch that saw the hosts struggle to impose their possession-based style and composure due to Atleti’s clever high-pressing and imaginative passing.

Griezmann will have a major part to play on Wednesday

Match preview: Atlético vs. Barcelona

When Real Madrid was eliminated by Celta Vigo in last week’s Copa del Rey tie, both Atlético Madrid and Barcelona fans rejoiced as their chances of winning the competition increased significantly.

Now they play each other for a place in the final, with the first leg taking place at the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday evening.

Grizi has a long list of potential suitors

What did Griezmann mean by ‘Esta es mi casa’ remark?

When Antoine Griezmann equalized for Atlético in the 80th minute at San Mamés on Sunday, he alleviated the worry of not coming away with any points against Athletic Bilbao.

The Frenchman put the cherry on top of his return to form and, although we didn’t realize it at the time, he may have given us a clue regarding his heart’s intentions.

Cholo hasn't had things all his own way this season

Why Simeone’s tactical tweaks will only benefit Atlético

Diego Simeone isn’t done tinkering. He’s gone the route I hoped for when I wrote a piece asking whether or not Atletico Madrid should continue their expansive play or revert back to ‘Cholismo.’

He’s staying the course with his experiment, for now, at least. Simeone has shown the footballing world that he is still learning what works and what doesn’t with the players at his disposal.

2016 was a memorable year for Atleti supporters

Video: Our top five Atlético Madrid matches of 2016

With 2017 right around the corner, we at AtleticoFans.com have decided to run down our very own top five Atleti matches of 2016 for our readers.

There were plenty of ups and downs in this calendar year, but we decided to pick what we thought were the very best and most memorable games on the pitch. So sit back, relax and enjoy the video.

Much has been made of Simeone's tactical changes this season

Should Atlético stay on offense or revert to Cholismo?

With two wins in their last five La Liga matches, Atlético Madrid is in a period of tactical transition and have been underachieving given their off-season acquisitions.

The rojiblancos are coming off of a much-needed win against Osasuna, but much has changed since they were briefly top of the league earlier in the campaign.

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Calderón last season

Match preview: Atlético vs. Real Madrid

The Vicente Calderón will host Real Madrid for the final time in league action on Saturday, in what will be a crucial match for Atlético given their inconsistent recent form in La Liga.

Los Blancos make the trip across town with a six point over Diego Simeone’s team, but the red and whites will be desperate for a win to close the gap in the first meeting between the two sides since Milan.

Rojiblancos train in feezing conditions in Rostov

Champions League Preview: Rostov vs. Atlético

Diego Simeone and Atlético Madrid are going to do something no North American sports team would want to amid the heightened political climate – play a game in the Russian Federation.

However, if an American side ever did make the trip to play in Putin’s backyard they’d have something in common with Atleti, it’d also be their first time ever playing a match in the city of Rostov-on-Don.

Atleti have been in fine goalscoring form this season

Atleti’s drubbing of Granada sends message to La Liga

When this stateside writer who keeps a keen eye on the Spanish Primera notices something that goes against the norm, he takes notice, savors it, and analyses it.

There have been a couple of occasions where LaLiga has truly gone above and beyond in the unpredictable department this campaign. Sometimes these instances are easily noticed, sometimes you have to dig deeper to find it’s true meaning.

Torres set to start against Bayern

Match preview: Atlético vs. Bayern

Atletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich on Wednesday and will be looking to see how much their 15/16 UCL semi-final opponents have changed under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Bayern, on the other hand, is looking for revenge just five months after the Spanish side eliminated them on away goals from the prestigious European competition.