Monday August 20 2012
Torres: Comparisons don't help

Teenager Oliver Torres is thankful for making his Atletico Madrid last night but refutes any comparisons to other players.

The highly rated 17-year-old came on late in the second half against Levante, replacing Adrian Lopez in the 1-1 draw at the Estadio Ciutat de Valencia.

“It is a dream come true,” said the young midfielder. “I’m very proud of all the hard work I have put in to get this debut.

Monday August 20 2012
Atletico draw fair says JIM

Levante boss Juan Ignacio Martinez said his side’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid was a fair result.

The visitors had most of the possession at the Ciutat de Valencia yet could not convert that into opportunities and Martinez felt Levante were worth at least a draw.

“It was a very good game for us and a fair result considering how both teams played,” he told a Press conference.

“It’s true they had a lot of the ball but neither did they have any chances to score.”

Monday August 20 2012
Celtic star interesting Atletico

Atletico Madrid are chasing Celtic midfielder Ki-Sung Yeung, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Los Rojiblancos’ boss Diego Simeone was alerted to the 23-year-old South Korean international after he turned in some impressive displays at the London Olympics, where his country reached the semi-finals.

Simeone is on the lookout for a creative midfielder to fill the void left by Diego’s return to Wolfsburg following his season-long loan at the Vicente Calderon, and sees Ki as fitting the bill.

Monday August 20 2012
Simeone: Levante made it difficult

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone felt Levante made it difficult for his team in the 1-1 draw at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Arda Turan rescued a point for Los Rojiblancos midway through the first half after Nabil El Zhar had put the home side ahead early on, yet despite dominating possession Simeone’s men found chances hard to come by.

“It was a game where we had a lot of the ball against a team that were good defensively and prepared to play on the counter-attack.

Sunday August 19 2012
La Liga spending drops

Figures out this weekend highlight the sharp decline in total money spent by Spain's Primera Division clubs in the transfer market.

ABC are running research into La Liga’s austerity this summer and reveal that a year on from the Spanish top flight’s 20 teams spending a combined €384m, this transfer window has seen only €65m spent so far.

Saturday August 18 2012
Falcao: Levante is biggest game

Radamel Falcao believes that the UEFA Super Cup won’t mean a thing if Atletico Madrid don’t win their first two League games, starting with Levante.

Atleti face Chelsea for the European trophy at the end of this month, but not before opening their League campaign with a trip to Levante and a home tie with Athletic Bilbao.

For Falcao, the message is clear - the Rojiblancos can only look at the calendar game by game.

Saturday August 18 2012
Gabi: 11pm benefits no-one

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernandez has waded in on the debate surrounding the controversial 11pm kick-offs, stating they: “benefit no-one. And us less so.”

Atleti begin their 2012-13 Primera campaign with a trip to Levante this Sunday night, but the game kicks off at 11pm local time, so won’t finish until the early hours of Monday.

Saturday August 18 2012
Tiago: Atleti want third

Tiago Mendes has revealed that Atletico Madrid are targeting a third-place finish in this year’s Spanish League season.

The Rojiblancos finished last term in fifth, as well as winning the Europa League, but Tiago has said that ambition for the coming season must be to improve on that.

“Certainly, Madrid and Barcelona will be up there. And then we have the other League, in which we want to be first and will we give everything to try to get into the Champions League next year,” he told reporters after training today.

Saturday August 18 2012
Simeone announces Atletico list

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has announced a provisional list of 20 players to be enrolled with the Spanish League for next term.

Homegrown youngsters Joel and Borja have been surprisingly left without jerseys for the forthcoming season and both are now considering their futures at the club, reports AS.

Surprisingly, defender Jorge Pulido has been retained after it looked as if the 21-year-old would be loaned out for the 2012-13 campaign

Friday August 17 2012
Courtois: Late starts no problem

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says the late kick-offs scheduled for the start of the La Liga season are no problem to him.

The Belgian international, on loan from Chelsea for a second successive year at the Vicente Calderon, is the latest to comment on the late starts imposed on some clubs by the Spanish League.

Los Rojiblancos begin the new season with an 11pm local time kick-off at Levante on Sunday, yet Courtois insists the players must just get on with it.

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