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.
Espanyol secured a commanding lead in their King`s Cup quarter-final tie against Sevilla when Felipe Caicedo, Sergio Garcia, with a penalty, and Lucas Vazquez scored in a 3-1 first-leg home win on Thursday.
Tottenham Hotspur are keen to get in a star forward to help them stay in the hunt for challenging rivals in England's top half of the English Premier League, and they have targeted West Bromwich Albion's, Saido Berahino.
When third-tier Cornella were drawn to play holders Real Madrid in the last 32 of the King`s Cup, players and officials from the Barcelona-based club celebrated wildly what they called "winning the lottery".
As a 17-year-old, Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona ten years ago against city rivals Espanyol in a Catalan derby. Since then, the diminutive Argentine has gone on to create football records once considered impossible.