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La Liga News: 15 April 2016; Spanish Teams Avoid Each Other in Semi-Final Draws

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Champions League semi-finals: City-Madrid, Bayern-Atlético -
The contrast will be stark as semi-final debutants Manchester City take on the UEFA Champions League's most successful club, Real Madrid, while Atlético Madrid play Bayern München in a tie that will stir special memories for the German club.

EL: Shakhtar-Sevilla, Villarreal-Liverpool | Football Espana
Like their Madrid counterparts, Sevilla and Villarreal have not been paired in the Europa League semi-finals as Shakhtar Donetsk and Liverpool await them. In a last-four draw which contained three previous winners, successive holders Sevilla must overcome 2009 victors Shakhtar Donetsk, while Villarreal – who reached this stage in 2011 – play three-time champions Liverpool.

Liga’s Player of the Year: The contenders - Eurosport
There were times when it seemed that Griezmann who had minor disciplinary problems when he was younger and came with a reputation for slightly inconsistent brilliance might not fit in to Diego Simeone’s boot camp but nothing could have been further from the truth. The king Benzema is dead… long live El Principito, Griezmann.

Atletico Madrid are too tough for Barcelona and maybe the rest too | Sky Sports
Juntos Hacia La Victoria. Together to victory. That was the message adorning the Vicente Calderon prior to their Champions League quarter-final showdown with Barcelona. And so it proved as the reigning champions were ousted from the competition thanks to a 2-0 win for the home side.

Pellegrini can have last laugh against old enemy Real Madrid -
Pellegrini has not spoken about his former club too often since then, but it is clear he does not hold fond memories. When asked about Rafa Benitez's sacking earlier this season, he spoke glowingly of the way City conduct their business, implying Perez's plans leave a lot to be desired.

Zinedine Zidane in process rescuing Real Madrid's lost year - ESPN FC
On the last Saturday of February, Atletico Madrid defeated Zinedine Zidane's team at the Bernabeu, prompting the French manager to state: "La liga está acabada" (La Liga is over [for us]). The loss left Real Madrid a far cry from the top of the table, but it was especially the disappointing performance of the team who struggled mightily to create very few chances, that led Zidane and the rest of the stadium to give up the hope of a successful end of the season.

La Liga will give clubs financial ratings for transparency - ESPN FC
The Spanish league says it will start rating its clubs financially from next season in an effort to increase transparency and attract more investors. La Liga president Javier Tebas says the unprecedented move in Europe is another step toward strengthening the finances of Spanish football and "will be an essential factor in continuing to make up ground on the Premier League."

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