In the dying moments of Diego Simeone`s second Madrid derby in charge of Atletico, a banner was lowered behind the goal his side was defending to display a stinging message: "Wanted: A dignified rival for a decent derby".
Holders Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico emerged from Tuesday`s tempestuous 0-0 Champions League quarter-final draw knowing that Real left back Marcelo and Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez are out of next week`s return leg.
Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal was lucky to escape without a red card after he threw a punch at Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday`s 0-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg draw at the Calderon.
Madrid giants Atletico and Real will renew hostilities at the Vicente Calderon in an epic Spanish quarter-final clash in the UEFA Champions League to be held on Tuesday. Also on the night Europe will witness Italian champions Juventus face a well knit Monaco side from France.
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres believes coach Diego Simeone`s clear understanding of the team`s weaknesses has been the key to their success as they seek revenge against Real Madrid on Tuesday for last season`s Champions League final defeat.
Atletico Madrid are fully focused on Saturday`s La Liga game at Malaga and will not let themselves be distracted by Tuesday`s Champions League quarter-final, first leg at home to neighbours Real, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has recovered from a painful blow to the kidneys and will start for the champions in Saturday`s La Liga game at bottom side Cordoba, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted to having "goose bumps" after his side overturned a first-leg deficit and knocked Bayer Leverkusen out of the Champions League on penalties to claim a berth in the last eight on Tuesday.
Atletico Madrid showed their typical battling spirit to edge out Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday but last year`s Champions League finalists will be mighty relieved to have advanced to the last eight after once more failing to sparkle in attack.
The return of midfielder Koke could be crucial to Atletico Madrid`s hopes of overturning a 1-0 deficit to Bayer Leverkusen in Tuesday`s Champions League last 16, second leg, coach Diego Simeone said on Monday.
Atletico Madrid will once again have to rely on their formidable home form as they look to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit against Bayer Leverkusen to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone probably realised his side would have little chance of a second straight La Liga triumph once the club decided to cash in and sell top scorer Diego Costa and other key players also moved on.
Atletico Madrid have four games in the coming weeks that are likely to determine whether they have truly joined Spain`s elite or are in danger of slipping back in the second rank behind powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Bayer Leverkusen let Atletico Madrid off the hook by failing to secure a bigger advantage than their 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match on Wednesday, said the Spanish side`s coach Diego Simeone.
Atletico Madrid`s players are hoping coach Diego Simeone can become the club`s equivalent of Alex Ferguson, midfielder Tiago has said amid reports the Argentine is poised to sign a multi-year contract extension.