Simeone Charges Atletico Madrid Ahead Of King’s Cup Semi-Final

Atletico Madrid Coach, Diego Simeone says his side would have to be at its best to beat Barcelona in tonight’s second leg of the king’s Cup semi-final.

Coach Diego Simeone’s side are aiming for their first Cup final appearance since the 2012-13 campaign title win.

“The only result that would satisfy me is to reach the final,” Simeone said.

Atletico, who have not won at Barcelona since a 3-1 victory on February the 5th, 2006, need to score at least two goals to progress.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0 lead in the first leg in Madrid, though a strong second-half display and an Antoine Griezmann strike gave Simeone’s side a glimmer of hope.

Atletico will not have midfielder Gabi on board against Barcelona due to suspension.

Barcelona Beat Juventus To Win 5th Champions League Title

BarcelonaSpanish giants, Barcelona have emerged Champions of Europe after beating Italian greats, Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday night.

Goals by Rakitic and Suarez in both halves of the fierce battle seemed to have ensured that Morata’s equalizer would amount to nothing for Juventus before Neymar sealed victory with the final kick of the game.

Rakitic provided Barca with a great start with his side footed goal in the 4th minute benefiting from great enterprising moves by Jordi Alba, Neymar and Iniesta who would claim the assist as the Juve defence was pulled to pieces.

On the 55th minute, Morata, would not miss the chance for an equalizer with a rebound off a well taken shot by Tevez which ter Stegen got down well to parry brilliantly.

Buffon had also gotten down to save brilliantly from a Messi shot, but the ball only broke into the middle for Suarez, who batters a sidefoot into the unguarded net to make it 2-1

Having already won the La Liga and the King’s Cup trophies, Barcelona have now equalled their treble success of 2009.

Before the game, both teams had the chance of completing a domestic and European treble this season, with both clubs having already claimed their respective league titles and main national cup competitions.

Two points separated first and second in La Liga this campaign, with Barca taking the crown from fierce rivals Real Madrid courtesy of a 1-0 win over 2013-14 champions Atletico Madrid in the penultimate game of the season.

They followed this up with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp in the Copa Del Rey final to leave the Catalan club, in the words of defender Gerard Pique, “90 minutes away from perfection”.

Juventus led Serie A from the fourth round of fixtures onward and sealed their fourth straight league title and 31st Scudetto with four games to play before beating Lazio 2-1 after extra time to win the Coppa Italia.

The last meeting in the knockout stage between both teams came in 2003, when Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals en route to the final, where they lost to Milan.

Champions League Final: Juventus, Barcelona Arrive In Berlin

Champions LeagueItalian side, Juventus and Spanish giants, Barcelona have arrived in Berlin, the site of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.

Hordes of journalists and cheering fans gathered outside the Hotel Regent in the city centre to greet the Juventus players as they stepped off their coach before entering the hotel.

Dressed in suits, most of the players were also wearing dark sunglasses, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and forward Carlos Tevez waved to the crowd as they passed.

Juve held a training session in the afternoon, as they honed their skills in the hope of thwarting Barca’s formidable attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

Barcelona have arrived in berlin,

Following the two-and-a-half-hour flight, Barcelona’s plane landed at Berlin Schönefeld Airport for the encounter.

Luis Enrique’s side are seen by many as overwhelming favourites in the Champions League final.

With the La Liga and the King’s Cup trophies in the bag, victory in the Champions League final would see Barca equal their treble success of 2009.

Ahead of the final, Lionel Messi had said in an interview with UEFA that a tough task awaits Barcelona against Juventus in the final.

“We know we are up against really tough opponents, a powerful side, they are a great club and its a final, anything can happen but we’re prepared,” the Argentine forward said.

I Am Yet To Make A Decision — Mourinho

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has said that he is yet to make a decision about his future against widespread expectation that he will be joining his former English club Chelsea at the end of the season.

Mourinho used the opportunity also to lash out at his critics, whom he suggested jump the gun ahead of him with speculations that he is poised to abandon the La Liga club at the end of this season.

According to Portuguese, even though he hinted that he be on his way back to Chelsea despite having a contract with Real until June 2016, he still respects the fact that he has a contract that will last till 2016 with the Spanish club and the club President Florentino Perez is a friend and he respects him and him Perez. Mourinho however reiterated that he will decide his future at the end of the La Liga campaign in a month’s time.

And ahead of the La Liga game against Villadolid, Mourinho said he is yet to decided and if he is to decide, his family will be first to know.

“The first person to know of my decision will be my wife and children because it concerns their future, it concerns their lives,”

Desperate to win the 10th European Cup that has eluded Real since 2002, club president Florentino Perez hired Mourinho from Inter Milan three years ago, but under his guidance the Spanish giants have been knocked out in the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition three times in a row.

Mourinho will have in his kitty, one La Liga title — with a record points haul and two King’s Cups should Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final in two weeks.

Following Real’s exit from the Champions league earlier in the week, Mourinho defended his performance saying, “Eighteen coaches in 21 years at Real Madrid, five Champions semi-finals, Mourinho’s ‘poor’ record – three years, three Champions semi-finals. That’s because it’s not that easy to get to the Champions League semi-finals.”