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Official: Madrid derby in the UEFA Youth League 1/8th final



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The schedule of the UEFA Youth League has been announced, and there is reason to celebrate for fans on both sides of Madrid. Defending champions Real Madrid will take on neighbors Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 of the competition, setting up a much-anticipated derby.

The game will be a single-leg knockout as are all games of the Youth League. Moreover, there will be no extra time in the event of the draw. A penalty shootout will directly decide the winner.

The clash of the Madrid youth teams is set for the 1st or 2nd of March, with the winner participating in the quarter-finals later in the month. The finals will be held in Lyon on April 25th.

Unlike the senior UEFA Champions League, the youth competition does not follow country protection. This means that any two teams, irrespective of the country of origin, can play against each other at any stage.

This is contrary to the UCL where teams from the same nation cannot play against each other in the initial knockout rounds.

Real Madrid’s youth side finished the group stages with 13 points, just ahead of Inter Milan on head-to-head results. While they have scored 11 goals in the competition, they have conceded six times.

Meanwhile, the youth outfit of Los Rojiblancos finished second in Group B behind Liverpool. The Spanish side secured 10 points in six games, but it was not enough to overtake the Merseyside team who scored 11 points.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer



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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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