There is no doubt that the back four lined up in front of the impressive Jan Oblak is usually hard to break down; Atletico only conceded 27 league goals last season and they only lost four times in La Liga.
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador international winger Angel Mena converted two penalties as Leon moved to the top of the Liga MX Apertura standings on Friday with a 2-0 win at Necaxa.
However, just 51 league goals and 16 draws show where Atletico's chances all too often disappear. They are hard to break down and they are hard to beat, but all too often they are unable or unwilling to take the initiative and ultimately that costs them points.
Last season saw goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois show why Madrid signed him from Chelsea, while the defense of Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy was the tightest in the league.
"The pandemic really has affected us tremendously. But I have not wasted my time. Instead, I kept improving my techniques. I was ready for this competition," he added.
BARCELONA, Sep.7 (Xinhua) -- Lionel Messi showed up at FC Barcelona's training field on Monday for the first time since the 33-year-old forward announced his intention to leave the club 11 days ago.
Both sides had chances to break the deadlock in the first half but missed them all.
A dejected Zhang Yunjie lamented a poor finish where she could only watch as the chance for her first pro win slipped away.
PARIS, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey of the 2020 Tour de France after an arduous stage 8 on Saturday, as local rookie rider Nans Peters won the stage.
Mercedes almost immediately elected to pit Hamilton for his scheduled tyre change, but crucially failed to notice that race director Michael Masi had temporarily closed the pit entrance to allow marshals to clear the stricken Haas, earning their driver a 10-second stop-go penalty that put him out of serious contention.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a report in June concluding that the U.S. was not fairly represented in WADA proportionate to its contribution - 2.7 million U.S. dollars per year to the core budget of WADA - and that WADA had not made enough efforts in reform.