Celta Vigo upset Atletico in Copa del Rey quarterfinals | FOX Sports
Antoine Griezmann did give Atletico a first half lifeline when he tied the match at 1-1 and substitute Angel Correa scored with 10 minutes to play, but this was an Atletico side too often lacking in attacking rhythm once again. Perhaps they were too aware that they must face Barcelona in a top of the table La Liga showdown Saturday at the Camp Nou, but boss Diego Simeone played a full-strength side as he chased a spot in the semifinals.
Gabi wary of Copa impact | Football Espana
Gabi insists Atletico Madrid will face Barcelona with the intention of winning but is concerned for a Copa del Rey exit hangover. Atletico were eliminated from the quarter-finals by Celta Vigo with a 3-2 defeat at Vicente Calderon just days before travelling to Camp Nou as La Liga’s top two meet.
Official: Thievy Bifouma joins Reims on loan | Get French Football News
Reims have confirmed the loan signing of French attacker Thievy Bifouma on loan from Spanish side Espanyol until the end of the season. This is the player’s fourth consecutive loan spell, having spent time at Las Palmas, West Brom, Almeira and Granada respectively.
Thomas, Albiol on Valencia list? | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Napoli’s Spain international Raul Albiol are reportedly transfer targets for Valencia. Super Deporte say sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has been in Madrid to meet with agents, representatives and intermediaries, holing up in a hotel in the capital and then attending the Atletico Madrid-Celta Vigo Copa del Rey tie on Wednesday.
Zidane must learn from Ancelotti mistakes and rotate Madrid - ESPN FC
After only three matches in charge of Real Madrid's dressing room, it's perhaps still early to infer definitive conclusions about Zinedine Zidane's sources of inspiration. However, judging by his lineup decisions and some of his comments during news conferences, it's already obvious that Carlo Ancelotti is his nearest benchmark.
Jose Miguel Monje Carrillo to run for RFEF presidency - ESPN FC
Murcia football federation chief Jose Miguel Monje Carrillo says he will be a candidate if current Spanish FA (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar is barred from running for re-election, while maintaining that he expects an investigation into Villar's running of the FA to come to nothing.
Charly Musonda set to be loaned to Real Betis - sources - ESPN FC
Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda is poised to join Real Betis on loan, sources have told ESPN FC. Musonda, 19, hinted in December he could be open to a loan move in January after growing increasingly frustrated with his lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge.