Atletico Madrid's strongest starting XI for the next season
After winning the league in the 2013-14 season, Diego Simeone lost Diego Costa to Chelsea and lost the title to Barcelona. They finished third in the demotic league behind city rivals Real Madrid and will want to set the record straight with a successful season. They have built a formidable squad this year and will have to play at their best if they want to take back the La Liga trophy from the Catalan Giants.
For all the Atletico Madrid fans, in this article we will take a look at the best XI the club can field on the first day of the new season –
Jan Oblak will take the spot of the shot stopper in the team. He has been effective and has given at least 5 points to the team the previous season. He will be backed up by the likes of Miguel Moya for the whole season. The centre back pairing of Diego Godin and Miranda had a very settled look and it is likely that they will start most of the matches at the centre of the defense for the club.
Juanfran will take the place of the right back in the squad and will want to give his best for the club both in defense and in attack. The right back spot may be occupied by Siqueira or Giminez and Simeone will have to make sure that he gives them enough opportunities to prove themselves.
The club lost one of its most important players in Arda Turan. But Koke and Raul Garcia will make sure that they monitor the center of the pitch. Both these players played a huge role last season and acted as the base from which Atleti started their attacking moves. They will have to continue their form in the next season to have a chance of a trophy. Gabi is one more player who may be given a chance in the middle of the field.
The club is known for their high intensity game and their counter attacking style of play. So the midfielders play a very important role in breaking up play and distributing the ball to their forwards. Garcia is one of the best in the business and the club will want him to use all his experience in the next season.
In front of the three mid-fielders, Antoine Griezmann has a huge role to play. He will act as the link between the mid-field and the attack of the club. He will have to link up well with both sides of the field and has the capacity to dictate the pace of the game. Fernando Torres the local boy will be used by the club as a striker and will be partnered by Jackson Martinez who was bought in this transfer window.
Though Martinez may take time to settle in, the attacking front of the club is in good hands with two proven, experienced strikers playing alongside each other and pushing each other to the limits.
Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone will want to re-create the 2013-14 season but they lack a bit of depth in the squad and the manager may feel the heat in the busy part of the season. Make sure you follow our website and stay up to date about your favorite club.
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