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La Liga: Is Atletico better than Real Madrid and Barcelona?


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Your La Liga Champion

The Atletic’s 2-1 victory over Real Valladolid, confirmed a deserved feat for Atletico the La Liga champions.

With 8 trophies won in the decade since Simeone take over, this is the most consistent period in Atletico’s history.

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Atletico-winning-laliga-2021-celebrations under great coach – Marca

The Atletico have finished third or higher in La Liga for 9 consecutive seasons, having previously never done so for more than three years in a row, and have also reached 2 Champions League finals.

In addition to Simeone’s exceptional coaching, Atletico have accomplished their leap in status by spending more money than ever before – notably with the capture of young Portugal starlet Joao Felix for 126m euros.

Real & Barca

Real Madrid and Barcelona on the other end desperate to form the, now aborted, European Super League in the hope of boosting their finances and restoring what they regard as their rightful position. But with those plans in disarray and Atletico now celebrating their second La Liga in seven years, a very difficult period lies ahead for the two Spanish giants.

According to president Joan Laporta it is the “end of a cycle”, amid local media reports that practically every player is up for sale if the price is right.

The new Barca squad will be replenished by free transfers – Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero from Manchester City, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Lyon forward Memphis Depay.

Like everything else at the Camp Nou, there is enormous uncertainty over Messi’s status at the club, and right now it’s tough to envisage Barca returning to former glories anytime soon.

Los Blancos‘ situation isn’t quite as desperate as Barca’s… but is not far off.

Rumours are widespread that manager Zinedine Zidane will leave this summer while iconic skipper Sergio Ramos could also be on his way after so far failing to agree terms on a new contract.

Players like Karim Benzema and Luka Modric well into their 30s, big-money signing Eden Hazard struggling to stay fit for more than a fortnight and none of the team’s large selection of wingers regularly scoring, it’s hard to predict how Real might line up next season.

Homegrown young players Miguel, Gutierrez, Antonio Blanco and Marvin Park have all impressed in recent weeks, and Zidane’s successor – which may be iconic ex-forward and current B team coach Raul – could be expected to increasingly turn to youth.

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Zidane real madrid may leave coach – JVFCWe could hope that when the next season gets underway in August, for the first time in living memory, Atletico may be regarded as title favorites for another season.

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