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Tuesday Hoddle of Coffee: Soccer News and Notes, May 2, 2017

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Gareth and Luka meet Atletico again

Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The case for rooting for Real Madrid today: Luka and Gareth are chasing a third Champions League winner’s medal.

The case for rooting for Atletico today: Atletico winning the Champions League bumps them into pot 1 and bumps us up a spot closer to pot 2, making it less likely that we get a Group of Death draw this fall.

Which one motivates you more? For me, I’m tired of Real winning, have a bit of a man crush on Simeone, and would like us to not have some nightmare draw next season that includes something stupid like Juventus and Atletico or Bayern and Barcelona. What do you think?

Links

Pachuca’s 44-year-old keeper scored this past weekend in Liga MX.

These Football Times have a fun piece on Poche’s Espanyol years.

This piece looking back at Arsenal’s last big run in the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League) definitely isn’t hilarious.

Brentford apparently came close to signing Dele Alli on loan last season before the youngster impressed Poche in training.