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Living in Madrid, writing on football for ESPN, Irish Examiner, WSC, Whoscored & Unibet and talking about football for Newstalk and others.

Three Points on Atletico Madrid vs. Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League — MADRID -- A trio of observations on Atletico Madrid's 4-0 win vs. Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League. 1. Mandzukic not better or worse than Costa, just different This time last year Atletico were Champions League dark horses, seen as a team with potential but not enough experience to really challenge.

Cesc Fabregas was offended by Sergio Ramos comments on Spain — Cesc Fabregas says he was irritated to hear Sergio Ramos question his commitment to the Spain team and rang his international teammate to set him straight. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had said Fabregas was not fit to feature for Spain for their recent fixtures against Belarus and Germany due to a hamstring problem, but he was asked to travel to Madrid for tests.

Luis Suarez: No nerves before opening Barcelona account vs. APOEL — Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he had not been worried about going five games without scoring for his new club after he finally netted in his sixth during Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League group win at APOEL.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi 'very happy' with Champions League goal record — Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi was delighted to break another record before deflecting attention from his achievement after a second hat trick in four days saw him become the leading scorer in Champions League history. Just last week Messi was suggesting while on international duty with Argentina that he was not 100 percent happy at Barca.

Player Focus: Undervalued Tiago Continuing to Show His Worth for Atletico — Amid all the media speculation of an exodus from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid last summer, there was little attention paid to the future of midfielder Tiago Mendes. Players of the quality and profile of Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois, Felipe Luis and David Villa all left, while Colchoner...

Sheridan not fazed by stars — While the spotlight in tonight's Champions League Group F game between APOEL of Nicosia and Barcelona will as usual mainly be on blaugrana superstars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Barca's defenders will do well to keep an eye on the home side's Cavan-born centre-forward Cillian Sheridan.

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend — 1. Messi's mood keeps swinging On Oct. 18, when Lionel Messi moved to within one goal of the all-time La Liga goalscoring record held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra, it seemed the Barcelona talisman soon passing the mark would be a formality.

La Liga Betting: Messi Uncertainty Could Lead To A Nervy Camp Nou — Atletico are without regular centre-half Miranda, who picked up a hamstring injury with Brazil last week. The loss is on first glance a blow for Colchoneros coach Diego Simeone, however the 30-year-old's form had not been great, and he was poor in the 2-1 win at Real Sociedad before the international break.

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves 2014 Ballon d'Or win says Brazil great Ronaldo — Former Brazil international Ronaldo says that Cristiano Ronaldo is having a more memorable 2014 than Lionel Messi, and has backed the Real Madrid superstar to win this year's Ballon d'Or award.

Barcelona president blames 'outside' pressure for Lionel Messi exit rumours — Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that Lionel Messi is happy at the club, and suggests external issues including his tax issues were behind suggestions the 26-year-old could leave the Camp Nou in the coming years.
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Nov 26, 2014

Fresh from Calderon - good night for Mandzukic [especially] Arda & Juanfran, but not for Olympiakos ex-La Liga crew:…

Nov 26, 2014

Michel on Canal Plus about abusive chants from Atletico crowd: "I dont care if its about me. I dont like when its my family."

Nov 26, 2014

RT @GarethBale11: 15 wins in a row and we played some good football tonight. Looking forward to the weekend! #halamadrid

Nov 26, 2014

Michel: “We needed to be fully focused, all together, not to show so much respect for them. But difference between some teams is like this.”

Nov 26, 2014

Michel: “We know Atletico and Juve will play serious game. We’ll do our work and if its Europa League, that's good competition for us.”

Nov 26, 2014

Michel “Worst thing that we were not able to compete as we have done in other games.”

Nov 26, 2014

Michel in sombre mood: “Not fair to blame Roberto. We did not have a good night. Atletico great team.”

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