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Luis Enrique defends Neymar

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By ESPN Staff
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Simeone: Atletico focused on La Liga

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone explains his side are focused on La Liga, and have already put their Copa del Rey defeat behind them.

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Diego Simeone dismisses claims of Neymar confrontation as 'lies'

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone praised his side despite their loss to Barcelona in Copa del Rey.
The ESPN FC crew react to Barcelona's impressive 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was pleased with his side's win over Atletico Madrid in their Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has denied media reports that he made an offensive gesture towards the referee and confronted Neymar during his side's Copa del Rey second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday.

Barca won 3-2 to reach the quarterfinals 4-2 on aggregate after a game that saw Atletico finish with nine men and blame Neymar for "provocation" after he had tormented his markers before being substituted early.

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Subsequent reports claimed Simeone made a gesture towards referee Jesus Gil Manzano...

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Atletico Madrid will look to put the drama of Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona firmly behind them when they travel to Eibar in the Primera Division on Saturday.

The league champions lost the second leg of their quarter-final 3-2, going down 4-2 on aggregate, and had both Gabi and Mario Suarez sent off in a bad-tempered affair at the Vicente Calderon.

Now they turn their attention back to the league, where they sit in third place, three points behind second-placed Barcelona, after four...

Barcelona's Neymar urges 'respect' after Atletico Madrid criticism

The ESPN FC crew react to Barcelona's impressive 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

Barcelona star Neymar has called for "respect" after he was criticised by Atletico Madrid's players and local media for "provocative" behaviour during Wednesday night's Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Neymar was the focus of much of the attention during the game, scoring twice as his team won 3-2 to progress 4-2 on aggregate to the semifinals, while also being involved in a half-time scuffle with a number of opponents including the Fernando Torres.

Afterwards,...

 By Chris Wright

Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan given the boot on his birthday

After "temporarily misplacing" one of his boots during Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday evening, Arda Turan's friends marked the Turkish midfielder's birthday two days later by providing him with a replacement.

Of course, being considerate types, Turan's pals made sure his new boot was made solely of sponge cake and raspberry jam so as to ensure he couldn't injure any poor unfortunate linesmen with it in the near future.