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Clash of the titans

The Calderon is made for special night and this ranks up there with the best of them. A clash between the top two teams in la Liga, first versus second with all at stake.

Simeone calls up 23 for Barcelona

The Atletico coach called up 23 players ahead of Saturday’s game against Barcelona in the final game of the first round

Simeone: "We must work as a team”

The Atletico coach came to the press room at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in the pre-match against Barcelona to discuss the meeting between the top two in the league.

"If we are united we can get something positive"

Diego Costa said in the press room that the team wanted to fight for the lead in a "very complicated" match against Barcelona. The '19' admitted that Atletico is placed to make the leap to first place with the help of our fans.

Courtois: "It is important to have scored an away goal"

Thibaut Courtois said after the draw in the Mestalla, that the team "played a good game” against a tough Valencia side that made things very “difficult". He also stressed the importance of scoring an away goal ahead of the "complicated" return leg.

Simeone: "We played with courage and pride "

Diego Pablo Simeone spoke to the media in the press room after the one all draw against Valencia. The Argentine acknowledged that Valencia "had good chances" but the "courage" of Atletico set up a "significant" game in the second leg.

All will be decided in the Calderón

Atletico Madrid had victory almost in the bag before Hélder Postiga leveled the match in stoppage time. A great game by Courtois could not stop the last kick. The Vicente Calderón will decide the winners next Tuesday.

Simeone takes 18 players to Valencia

Diego Pablo Simeone will travel with his full arsenal to tackle the first leg of the second round of the Copa del Rey against Valencia at the Mestalla.

"It will be a tough tie"

Diego Pablo Simeone said his team showed the desire to return to compete in Cup and warned in a press conference prior to the second round match of the dangers of an "excited and motivated" Valencia after the arrival of Pizzi.

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