Bastian Schweinsteiger has been struggling for form of late, and the criticism of this has been putting the German captain under a lot of pressure of late. However Die Nationalmannschaft head coach Joachim Löw assured the media that the Manchester United midfielder would still retain the captain's armband of the national side.

The final whistle had blown at the Nou Camp in Barcelona and Atletico Madrid had just achieved the impossible – a singular feat that most believed was well beyond their reach at the start of the season. Proving their detractors wrong had become something of a habit for Los Rojiblancos over the course of the campaign, and the league triumph on the final day was no different. In a performance that typified the spirit they had shown throughout the season, Atleti overcame the loss of Diego Costa and Arda Turan, fighting back from a goal down and then keeping out Barcelona for a full forty-five minutes to win the point they needed to claim the title – breaking, in the process, the decade long duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona, by far the biggest clubs in the country. As the players celebrated on the pitch amidst an ovation from a packed Camp Nou, a figure clad in black from head […]