Atletico Madrid came into the Bernabeu almost 10-1 underdogs to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final Friday night. But after 125 minutes of time on the pitch it was Los RojiBlancos who were starting off their celebrations which will surely last long into the night.
It was a magnanimous win for Diego Simeone’s team, a club who had not beaten La Real since 1999. Atletico and Real had met in the final 4 times prior, and had lost every time. It is the 10th Copa del Rey trophy for the club, and their first in an astonishing seventeen years. Continue reading Atletico shocks the world in Copa del Rey final
One day before the clash between La Liga powers Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final, Los Rojiblancos star Radamel Falcao talked about his team’s state of mind heading into the match. Falcao stated he knows Real “is favorite because of its budget and players, but we’re not bothered.”
The Colombian striker was also pestered about recent transfer rumors, but he decidedly played them off. “”I don’t know anything about Monaco. I’m focused on Atlético. What’s been said is of no concern to me. According to the media I’ve signed with half of Europe: Chelsea, United, Monaco, Real Madrid… There’s no truth to it. Six months after I got here there was already speculation I would be joining another club.”
“Last year they asked me the same thing in Bucarest, whether it would be my last big game with Atleti, and guess what? I’m still here.” “The more finals you play the more you enjoy them. All I’m concerned about is playing well and doing my best for the team, and we’ll see what happens.”
Falcao heads into the match with 28 goals in La Liga.
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Heading into the Copa del Rey final against Atletico on Friday, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke with ‘RealMadridTV’. “We have to make a good, strong start, the way this club, the best in the world, really plays. Just because the Bernabéu is split in half isn’t going to crush our ambition to win this cup,” he said.
Cristiano didn’t seemed fazed by the recent distractions involving his teammates and manager Jose Mourinho. “We’re ready and determined to win this title. On Friday, I hope that the team bus gets a reception similar to the one we got against Borussia Dortmund,” he remarked.
“It’s a trophy which really fires us up and we want to win it. We know that it will be a tightly contested game against a rival from the same city and it will be a great spectacle. We hope Real Madrid can win it.” Ronaldo will take his team up against a streaking Radamel Falcao and his Atletico de Madrid squad Friday night.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be touched this season in the race for most league goals scored. Lio has tallied 46 to date, while Ronaldo has also been impressive with 34. But the race tightens up after you mention those names, and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao hopes to come in right behind them.
Falcao has netted 28 goals this season, tied with Napoli’s Edinson Cavani. A Ballon de Bronze recognition for Radamel would cap off another great season for the striker, and possibly his entire two year stint with the team, as he’s been linked to many a club in recent weeks.
Falcao has a match against Ronaldo’s Madrid team Friday in the SuperCopa final, while Cavani has one contest remaining in his season. Robin Van Persie and Jackson Martínez both have 25 goals.
For some time, top clubs such as Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea had all been in the race to land Radamel Falcao. The 27 year-old striker has dazzled La Liga with his sensational performances while at Atletico Madrid, including a 4-1 drubbing of Chelsea where he recorded a hat trick.
However, French club AS Monaco FC has whisked away Falcao with a £50million deal that will bring the Colombian to Fontvieille. Owner Dmitry Rybolovlev wasn’t afraid to be aggressive, and he hopes Falcao will help Monaco challenge Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-German as they return from relegation.
The deal does contain an intriguing escape clause that will allow Falcao to leave after one year, ensuring that all other clubs aren’t quite out of the race. The striker will collect £8.2m a year.
Fresh off being crowned La Liga champions, Barcelona seemed to come out to the Vicente Calderon on a bit of a hangover. But despite using three substitutions and a slight injury to Lionel Messi, the Blaugrana were able to walk away with the win, after an own goal by Atletico late.
Radamel Falcao scored from 10 yards out in the 51st minute after a breakdown in Barca’s defense. Alexis Sanchez was able to respond in the 72nd, striking the ball into the net after a neat connection with teammate Cesc Fabregas. Gabi’s own goal came just 8 minutes later.
The win by Barca gives them 3 more points in the standings, putting them at 91 points to date. The Catalans will certainly be looking to tie Real Madrid’s record 100 points from last year with 3 wins to close the season.