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Atletico Madrid will need a lot from their supporting cast this season

New Atletico Madrid signing Jackson Martinez has said that his new team can challenge Barca and Real for the Spanish title.

While Saturday's penalty shootout victory over Sagan Tosu may not have produced the most convincing of winning margins for Atletico Madrid this preseason, there are more definitive signs of forward progress from Los Rojiblancos.

Set up in their new-look 4-3-3 system (and they're still very much getting used to it), the Spanish side dominated play and might well have been out of sight before the first half was up. Koke, who is going to be a pivotal member of this "new" Atleti, showed his prowess...

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Barcelona's performances this summer 'not so good,' says Luis Enrique

Federico Bernardeschi scored twice early in the first half to help Fiorentina defeat Barcelona 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.
Federico Bernardeschi scored twice early in the first half to help Fiorentina defeat Barcelona 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique admitted after Sunday's friendly defeat to Fiorentina that "we are not so good" while his players are still trying to regain top form.

With Neymar and Lionel Messi still missing after their participation in the Copa America earlier this summer, Barcelona wrapped up play in the International Champions Cup with a 1-0 defeat in Florence.

Barcelona failed to really shine without their stars in the preseason tournament, losing to Manchester United as well as Chelsea on penalties...

Van Gaal hints that Manchester United need to sign Pedro from Barcelona

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe weighs in on the back and forth transfer Saga regarding Pedro, who he contends will be sold.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe says that Pedro has proven he can play an important role for FC Barcelona, despite the fact that the forward "lacks the talent" of his superstar teammates.
In an exclusive with ESPN Deportes, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that there has been no official bid for Pedro and that the squad is complete.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested that the club need to sign a player in the mould of Barcelona forward Pedro.

The Spain international, who has a £22 million release clause in his contract at the Camp Nou, is a target for United.

Van Gaal believes the Old Trafford club need more attacking options if they are to win the Premier League.

He told The Sun: "Barcelona have the speed of Neymar and [Lionel] Messi -- and they have Pedro behind them. We have to compete with that.

"We...

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Marseille dump Juventus in friendly, Atletico Madrid win on penalties

Sami Khedira was taken off in the 25th minute with a hamstring injury.

New signing Sami Khedira was carried off on a stretcher with a hamstring injury and Stephan Lichtsteiner saw red as Juventus slumped to a 2-0 loss against Marseille in Saturday's friendly fixture.

Romain Alessandrini and Abdelaziz Barrada collected the critical goals for the Ligue 1 side.

Khedira was taken off after 25 minutes and is a doubt for Juve's Supercoppa Italiana match with Lazio in China next week.

Atletico Madrid overcame Japanese side Sagan Tosu 4-1 on penalties.

Koke was on target...