La Liga is wide open. Real Madrid is struggling and Barcelona is currently facing their worst start in La Liga in years. Real Madrid sits at 4th with 20 points having played 11 matches. Barcelona are at 9th with 14 points having played 10 matches. While Los Rojiblancos are top of the table after Matchday 12, are still unbeaten and have dropped just four points all season. Atletico Madrid is having the time of their life after years. While Diego Simeone still insists he's going game by game, the truth is that Atletico Madrid is producing the sort of numbers that have seen them challenge for and win the LaLiga Santander title in the past.
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Atletico’s only dropped points came in goalless draws with Huesca at El Alcoraz and Villarreal at the Wanda Metropolitano at the start of the campaign. In 10 matches so far, they've scored 21 goals and conceded just two. Atletico's start of eight wins and two draws in their opening 10 games this season is exactly the same as Radomir Antic's side in the 1995/96 season. The last time Atletico won LaLiga - in the 2013/14 season under Simeone - they racked up 27 points from their first 10 games, which is one more than this season. The club is raking up numbers that could potentially win them the title. It is no coincidence that as soon as they got their attacking flair back, with their impeccable defense (as always); they look solid for their campaign La Liga 2020-21. Although it is early in the season, a win for Simeone's side in the next match against Real Madrid would open up a nine point lead on their rivals with a game in hand. Despite plenty left to play for regardless of the result, three points for Los Rojiblancos would make them clear favorites for the title and plunge Real Madrid into another crisis.
Their champions league campaign is still under threat. Three consecutive European draws have left Atletico's Champions League fate in the balance in the final group game against RB Salzburg. Diego Simeone's side must avoid defeat in order to progress which, as well as being important on a sporting level is equally important on an economic one too.
Due to the pandemic, the club has taken a hit, like all clubs. Over the course of the year due to the absence of fans in the stadiums, and securing a place in the last 16 is fundamental for the financial stability of the club moving forward. But with their current form and a struggling Salzburg side, they are favorites to progress.
Atletico last year was not bad but they were not as good as this year going forward. This year their attacking prowess improved drastically. When you score goals, your defense automatically gets motivated to do better. Apart from their match against Bayern Munich, their defense never looked more promising.
Under Diego Simeone, they are drastically improved. People talked about having the same manager for years could lead to fatigue. But Simeone understands the dynamics better than anyone. He is a motivator. He looks like the one who could take men into battle. After a trophyless season, they are motivated and rejuvenated to get their hands on silverware.
Under him, some players drastically improved and showing signs of champions.
The 25-year-old hasn't stopped growing under Diego Simeone, and he has put in some impressive performances for Los Colchoneros. The Real Madrid reject now has four goals this season and is more of a forward than a midfielder. Only Karim Benzema has more goals than he does this season among Real Madrid's squad. That is quite a statement to make. After Real Madrid defeated Atletico twice last year, people hailed Zidane for letting Llorente go. But the midfielder is proving everyone wrong and performing at the highest level
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco
After a two-year spell with Dalian Professional in the Chinese Super League, Carrasco returned to Atlético in early 2020 on a loan basis. In September 2020 it was announced that Carrasco would officially transfer to Atletico on a permanent basis and would sign a contract for four years. The fallen hero of Atletico, who scored against Real Madrid in the 2016 UCL final, returned with some swag. He is proving to be an instrumental figure in the left-wing of Atletico. He scored the solitary goal against Barcelona this season to win the game. Carrasco’s form could be a turning point for this season.
Atlético Madrid signed him in 2019 for a club-record transfer worth €126 million (£113 million) making him the fourth-most expensive football transfer. But the marquee signing was almost a flop in his first season. But this season he is without a doubt the best and most exciting player of Rojiblasncos. He is the pivot of their attack. Every time he has the ball, he looks dangerous. His first touch is magical. He is almost turning himself to be the talisman of Atletico. On 27 October, he scored a brace in a 3–2 win over Red Bull Salzburg in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League. Following back-to-back braces against Osasuna and Cádiz in La Liga, he was named the league's Player of the Month for November 2020. Félix scored against European champions Bayern Munich as his side drew 1–1. Simeone seems like blew magic potion in him. Exciting times ahead for Joao.
It looks like losing Zamora Trophy to Thibaut Courtois last year stung Jan Oblak a lot. This year he is in the mood to get that trophy back. He only conceded two goals in La Liga. The usual service returns for Atletico. The best in the business looks like a beast. His reflexes are sharp as ever and with a solidified defense Atletico’s goal looks impeccable.
He signed for La Liga club Atlético Madrid in 2019. He is the first English player to play for Atletico in 95 years. He isn’t the same man ever since. Under Simeone, he turned himself into one of the most sought after right back in the world. His free-kick goal against Croatia in the World Cup was the cherry on his top for his world cup performance. His outrageous WC campaign caught the sight of Diego and now he fits every puzzle of Diego. He is energetic and provides the width in wings Atletico so dearly wanted. This season he looks sharp and Atletico will be hoping a lot from him.