Club of the Month: Atlético Madrid – firmly among the elite

IF YOU’VE visited Madrid recently, you’ve no doubt flown over the gleaming new home of Atlético Madrid, the Wanda Metropolitano. It’s an impressive site, fashioned out of a stadium built in anticipation of the Spanish capital being awarded the Olympic Games. If Atléti play their cards right, they could be playing at home in the final of the UEFA Champions League in the first week … Continue reading Club of the Month: Atlético Madrid – firmly among the elite

Time for Atleti to regroup

IN THE end, it was a result that didn’t suit either team: Chelsea needed to win to top the group, Atletico Madrid had to snare three points to have any chance of staying in the UEFA Champions League. As it turned out, the most important result was in the Italian capital, where Roma beat Qarabag 1-0 to capture the group. Chelsea finished second and Atleti … Continue reading Time for Atleti to regroup

Costa, Fabregas and Matic: Why Chelsea are highly fancied this season

It may not be the most speculative prediction to cast Chelsea in the role of title favourites, but this time, there is genuine credibility in any claims made by the club’s supporters: Jose Mourinho, 12 months after returning to Stamford Bridge, has fashioned a team that has the necessary qualities to win the Premier Division again. On the evidence of the first two games of … Continue reading Costa, Fabregas and Matic: Why Chelsea are highly fancied this season