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    La Liga 2020-2021: The year someone else breaks through?

    Madrid Derby this weekend. Every Madrid derbi is an exciting match, but this one has the extra reason for excitement since an Atletico win can really open up a comfortable lead at the top of the table while a Real Madrid win will give us a tight race the rest of the way. Benzema is apparently...
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    2020/21 UEFA Champions League: The Road to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Agreed. Beyond Jovic, Zidane has shown remarkably little interest in developing guys that aren't "his guys". The question, then, is whether Florentino Perez just buys whomever he wants and tells Zidane to deal with it, or if Zidane is rather poor at choosing whom to sign.
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    2020/21 UEFA Champions League: The Road to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    I admire the way a handful of Atletico players adapt their style to fit Simeone's, especially when the club is missing a few key parts. But today was yet another game when I wish Simeone trusted his players more and adapted his style to them*. There was no reason to sit back and hope for the...
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    2020/21 UEFA Champions League: The Road to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Simeone is great and I support him, but I have no idea what he's doing today. Even granting that Simeone is missing three players in Trippier, Carrasco, and Gimenez out, he's still playing like the good ol' days with Gabi and Godin parking the bus and holding on for dear life. There's a lot of...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2020-21: Joao Felix's Breakout Year?

    Atletico enters this week's Champions League match against Chelsea in a bit of a slump after a concerning two-nil loss to Levante (Levante's second goal came in the last instant after Atletico brought up Oblak on the last corner). Atletico missed a bunch of chances, with Luis Suarez knocking one...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2020-21: Joao Felix's Breakout Year?

    Well, it seems like Neymar is now out, so that's a bit of luck for Barca.
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    2020/21 UEFA Champions League: The Road to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Atletico-Chelsea cannot be played in Spain, and it seems that Romania (Bucharest) is the likely destination.
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2020-21: Joao Felix's Breakout Year?

    I was right: in yesterday's 2-2 draw with Celta, the three CB adventure with Felipe totally backfired -- he was terrible, as was Lodi. Both look lost in Simeone's new 5-3-1 approach. Lodi did look more settled in the second half when Simeone reverted to a 4-4-2. The loss was bad, but it was...
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    Atletico de Madrid, 2020-21: Joao Felix's Breakout Year?

    Joao Felix, Mario Hermoso, and Yannick Carrasco all have COVID, so I presume they'll all be out for Monday's fixture against Celta. Trippier is also out, as he is serving his betting suspension. I'm a bit skeptical that Simeone plays with three CBs again after Felipe looked terrible last game...
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    Woj Parody Account: Kemba Traded to Minnesota (this didn't really happen)

    I just completed a work security training and it stressed the importance of looking for misspelled words in identifying bogus emails.
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    Americans Abroad, 2020-21: The Kids Are Alright

    Is a move to Turkey considered a dead-end move? Is it better to move to Galatasaray than, say, to a low- to mid-table outside of the Premier League? In other words, can we consider this move to be a last-attempt to remain in European football but one that signifies that a player has declined in...
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    Chelsea 20-21: Plastic Fans and Shiny New Toys

    From what I understand, Pulisic speaks pretty good German so even if Werner and Havertz had limited English, there's some translation help on the squad.
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    La Liga 2020-2021: The year someone else breaks through?

    This version of Atletico is both a better iteration and a reflection of Barca and Real Madrid being down. 1) Simeone has found a way to harness the goal-scoring capability of Luis Suarez given his age and weary body. Simeone has apparently excused Suarez from some of the head trainer's more...