The spectre of empty stands and uncertainty over future broadcast and commercial contracts failed to halt the Premier League’s arms race as clubs again splashed out more than £1 billion in the transfer window.
Holders Bayern Munich kick off their Champions League defence against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday but a repeat of their quintuple-winning year will be extremely difficult this season, coach Hansi Flick said on Tuesday.
Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas said on Monday Manchester City are “a machine ready to win the Champions League”, on the eve of the two teams’ group-stage meeting. City have never reached the Champions League final and are yet to even reach the semi-finals
Bayern Munich began their defence of the Champions League title in ominous fashion by crushing Atletico Madrid 4-0 on Wednesday, while Liverpool and Manchester City also won but Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat.
Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 2-0 at home on Saturday in La Liga thanks to goals from Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez after coach Diego Simeone sprung a double change at halftime. Llorente put Atletico in front at the start of the second half,
Luis Suarez struck late to snatch a 2-1 victory for Atletico Madrid away to Alaves on Sunday and send his side two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. Atletico had taken the lead late in the first half when Suarez teed up a deflected goal by Marcos
The leaders strengthened their title credentials with a 2-0 romp of Sevilla after goals in each half from Angel Correa and substitute Saul Niguez on a freezing night following historic snowfall in the Spanish capital.
Atletico Madrid have stayed strong at the top of La Liga, but the Spanish League leaders cannot afford to be complacent with Real Madrid having hit their stride and Barcelona gaining momentum, ahead of what could prove a crucial month in the title race.
Lionel Messi is back in form and Barcelona are finding their feet after a 4-0 demolition of Granada on Saturday put them within four points of the top of La Liga. An emphatic victory puts Barca in sight of league leaders Atletico Madrid but Diego Simeone’s side
Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 on Sunday and move seven points clear at the top of La Liga after Uruguayan star Luis Suarez scored a brilliant team goal, their second on the night. Real Madrid’s earlier thrashing of Alaves