Doubts about Simeone surface after defensive tactics fail

Soccer 03/13/19, 10:50

For quite a while now, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been able to count on some of the best players in the world.Stars like Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin have stayed with the club despite big offers from rivals, and Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata have been added.The financial ...

Morata scores 2 to keep Atletico in touch with Barcelona

Sports 03/03/19, 16:04

Alvaro Morata is starting to show why Diego Simeone wanted him.Morata scored twice to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday and keep alive its hopes of fighting Barcelona for the Spanish league title.Atletico's third league win in a row kept it seven points behind ...

Morata finally scores, Atletico keeps pace with Barcelona

Soccer 02/24/19, 12:33

Alvaro Morata's celebration finally counted this time.After twice having goals disallowed by video review in previous games, the newly signed striker got his first goal with Atletico Madrid in the 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday.Morata netted with a left-footed shot from near the penalty spot ...

Atletico’s Costa not fit for 90 minutes against Juventus

Soccer 02/19/19, 14:53

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is not fit to play the entire match against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.Costa returned to action last weekend after being sidelined for nearly two months because of a foot injury that required surgery. He came off the bench in ...

Real Madrid wins Madrid derby and rises back to 2nd

Soccer 02/09/19, 12:43

In a derby marked by video review, Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Saturday to overcome the city rival in the Spanish league standings and return to second place for the first time since September.An overhead kick by Casemiro, a penalty kick converted by Sergio Ramos, and a second-half ...

Unconvincing debut for Morata as Atletico beaten by Betis

Soccer 02/03/19, 12:57

Alvaro Morata had an unconvincing debut as Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday to miss its chance to move closer to Spanish league leader Barcelona.Atletico could have gone within three points of Barcelona — after the Catalan club was held by Valencia to a 2-2 draw at ...

Atletico Madrid signs Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea

Soccer 01/28/19, 11:38

Atletico Madrid signed striker Alvaro Morata on Monday to an 18-month loan from Chelsea, ending his miserable stay in English soccer following a club-record move from Real Madrid for $75 million.Morata will return to the club where he started playing as a child. The 26-year-old Spaniard passed his medical exam on ...

Fabregas says goodbyes as Chelsea advances in FA Cup

Soccer 01/05/19, 12:21

Cesc Fabregas might have played his last game not only for Chelsea but also in English football after bidding the team's fans an emotional farewell near the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.The former Spain midfielder, who wore ...

Frustrated Chelsea held to 0-0 draw by Southampton

Soccer 01/02/19, 17:17

Chelsea dropped two points in its bid for a Champions League return as Southampton ground out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.Eden Hazard was twice denied by goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who was making his Premier League debut, and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside as ...

Sarri uses Napoli formula to ignite Chelsea’s title bid

Sports 12/10/18, 05:25

A midseason tactical switch sparked Chelsea's surge to the Premier League title two years ago under Antonio Conte.Could the same happen under his successor this season?For the first time in his debut season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri deployed a lineup without a genuine striker for the match against Manchester City ...

Morata is back in form and enjoying life at Chelsea

Soccer 11/05/18, 01:10

Just a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier ...

Morata double helps Chelsea sink Palace 3-1 in EPL

Soccer 11/04/18, 14:14

Alvaro Morata continued his recent resurgence with two goals and fellow Spaniard Pedro added a third to inspire Chelsea to a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Sunday.Unbeaten Chelsea made a slow start but Morata cheered the Stamford Bridge crowd by putting his team in ...

Without Hazard, Chelsea overwhelms Burnley in 4-0 win

Soccer 10/28/18, 12:02

The absence of star attacker Eden Hazard did not affect Chelsea in its 4-0 thrashing of Burnley that kept the team unbeaten in the Premier League on Sunday.With Hazard missing because of a back injury, Ross Barkley stepped up as Chelsea's main creative force as the attacking midfielder scored from ...

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