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La Liga News: 20 August 2016; Deportivo Start Season with Win, Mikel Oyarzabal Extends Real Sociedad Stay

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Atletico Madrid will surpass Real Madrid and Barcelona to win La Liga title -
Diego Simeone held Antoine Griezmann’s head after the Frenchman missed a penalty in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May. It is impossible to guess exactly what was said between them but it can be assumed Simeone told his forward that Atletico Madrid’s time would come. Whether Simeone would be around to see it was another matter as the impact of the defeat was so severe.

Atletico Madrid should battle to keep Jose Maria Gimenez this summer - ESPN FC
The side have been training this week at the Vicente Calderon in preparation for the visit of Alaves, and the excitement is palpable among the Calderon faithful. Los Colchoneros will go into this season with renewed vigour, and the club have worked hard to ensure there is no hangover from the painful end to last season and the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

Oyarzabal rejects Athletic for Real renewal | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao target Mikel Oyarzabal has signed a new contract with Real Sociedad until 2022 and agreed a release clause potentially worth €60m. Reports on Friday claimed Athletic were willing to meet Oyarzabal’s €40m release clause, but La Real’s sporting director Loren confirmed at a Press conference the same evening that the 19-year-old’s threshold had been upped to €50m and possibly €60m "in special cases".

La Liga Depor rally to beat Eibar Malaga draw with promoted Osasuna - ESPN FC
Lucas Perez's 87th-minute penalty sealed a 2-1 comeback victory for Deportivo La Coruna against Eibar at the Estadio Riazor on Friday night. Eibar took the lead 10 minutes into the second half with an Ivan Ramis header from a corner but the Galicians drew level with a volley on the stretch from Pedro Mosquera.

Málaga vs. Osasuna - Football Match Report - August 19, 2016 - ESPN
Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida secured a point for promoted Osasuna in a 1-1 draw against Malaga at La Rosaleda. Playmaker Juanpi gave Juande Ramos' Malaga the lead with a neat 56th-minute goal but substitute Merida, who moved to Pamplona from Huesca this summer, levelled the scores with five minutes to go of their LaLiga opener.

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