Opinion

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.

Midfield has caused selection issues for Simeone this year

What is Atlético’s optimum midfield combination?

Diego Simeone’s men have been below par recently; some would argue that they have been below par since the beginning of the season.

It is clear that Simeone opted for a change in philosophy due to the fact that Atleti are now considered one of the big boys in Europe, and are immediate contenders for any title they participate in.

Gameiro rues one of many missed chances

What’s wrong with Atlético’s strikeforce?

Atlético Madrid’s form in front of goal, this season, has been worrisome to say the least. In the first of a three part series, we take a look at just what has been going wrong recently.

The team managed to find the net a disconcerting number of times, only 34 goals in 19 games so far in La Liga. This meant we only managed ≈2.0 (1.8) goals/game, which might sound good but in reality isn’t.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Champions League: It's Zidane vs. Simeone

Attack versus defence in the Champions League final

After a one year absence, Atlético is back in the Champions League final. They are facing a familiar foe in Real Madrid, whom they lost to in the 2014 final just two years ago. The two teams have played ten times since then, resulting in five wins, one loss, and four draws for Atleti.

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.