Iker Casillas hugs team mate Sergio Ramos after the Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid’s full-back Dani Carvajal was lucky to escape a red card after he threw a punch at the Atlético Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday’(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Atletico Madrid’s midfielders Mario Suarez and Koke during the Champions League quarter final first leg draw. Photo: Javier Soriano/Getty Images

Atlético Madrid 0 Real Madrid 0 Real Madrid’s search for La Undécima remains intact after a taut, niggly, claustrophobic goalless draw at the V(...)

Atletico Madrid’s forward Fernando Torres takes part in a training session at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. Photo: javier Soriano/Getty Images

The first time Fernando Torres went to the Vicente Calderón to watch Atlético Madrid was just over 20 years ago, one cold day in January 1995. His g(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid heads in their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24th, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

They say the word “underdog” originated some time in the mid-19th century, which was well before Atletico Madrid were founded by three lonely Basques (...)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini during Monday night’s defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Reuters

Manuel Pellegrini’s position as the Manchester City manager is safe and there will be no knee-jerk reaction despite Monday night’s defeat at Crystal (...)

Holders Real Madrid will play city rivals Atletico in the Champions League quarter finals in a repeat of last year’s final which Real won 4-1. Photograph: Getty 2:15

The defending champions Real Madrid have been drawn to face city rivals Atlético Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals in a repeat of last yea(...)

Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool directs his players as Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini appeared ready to fight for his job as he faced the media following fresh criticism and speculation over his(...)

Manuel Pellegrini: despite winning the Premier League and English League Cup in his first season at Manchester City, the prevailing view is that he has failed to improve the team. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

Manuel Pellegrini has the final 12 matches of Manchester City’s season to save his job, with the manager needing to defend the Premier League title o(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo (right) of Real Madrid after  Atletico  Madrid scored their third goal  at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid tore apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at home to open up the La Liga title race on Saturday in a triumph crowned by a spectacular ov(...)

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter final first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/Getty Images

Barcelona’s recent strong run is helping the club put a series of off-field problems behind them and suggests they may be starting to move up the gear(...)