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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.

Atleti will be looking to improve on their stalemate in Eindhoven last year

Match preview: PSV Eindhoven vs. Atlético

Come Tuesday, Atlético Madrid will embark on their journey to yet another Champions League final as they travel to PSV Stadion, where hosts PSV will be looking for revenge after they were defeated in the Round of 16 last year.

Both clubs couldn’t muster up a single goal across both legs and the Dutch side was defeated 8-7 on penalties. However, Diego Simeone has insisted that this year’s Group D match will be different.

Atleti still looking for their first win of 2016/17

Simeone leaves the door open on Inter rumours

The media frenzy around Atlético Madrid continues as coach Diego Simeone has been something of the club’s lightning rod in the wake of his side’s poor start to the 16/17 campaign.

Atleti has started the season with just one point in two consecutive games against newly promoted sides Alavés and Leganés, and many have questioned whether Simeone’s demands are now falling on deaf ears.

Arda Turan has struggled to feature for Barcelona this season

Five reasons Arda Turan has struggled at Barcelona

Arda Turan, the first Turk to ever win a La Liga title, is reported to be for sale by Barcelona, according to Marca. The news comes just over a year after Barcelona signed him for €40 million from Atlético Madrid.

The Turkey captain would like to stay with the reigning La Liga champions but the report describes a Barca board that feels as though it is a good idea to sell the former Atlético midfielder, especially since Denis Suarez’s arrival will cause greater competition.

Arda’s lack of minutes and big game starting time is something that came as a bit of a surprise to Barcelona fans and many Atletico supporters, but why did this happen? Read on as AtleticoFans tackles the question.

Colchoneros face Real in repeat of the 2014 final

Champions League preview: Atlético vs. Real Madrid

There are finals, there are local derbies, there are moments where two teams duke it out twice in three years for a trophy, and then there’s this.

Los Rojiblancos vs. los Blancos covers all those scenarios and then some. On Saturday, the footballing world will embark on Milan for a match that will write the pages of history.

Koke speaks at yesterday's Champions League media open day

Has Koke become Spain’s best attacking midfielder?

Euro 2016 is right around the corner and Spain is here to play, potentially win, and to redeem themselves from a horrible 2014 World Cup campaign.

Much has changed since La Roja were victorious in Ukraine four years ago, and a number of younger players are beginning to take lead roles in the setup – our very own Koke being one of those.

Atleti celebrate their goal

Player ratings: Atleti reach final after away goals win

In a game that will be remembered in the short term for its superb goalkeeping on both sides, Germans maintaining overwhelming possession, and a coach that almost went over the top, it will be Spain’s Atlético Madrid that get the lasting memory.