La Liga starts this weekend, and Sky Sports are showing EVERY SINGLE game. For a league that is dominated by three teams, that feels like a bit too much air time for Gerry Armstrong & Co.
The debate is normally around Barcelona and Real Madrid, and how good they are in comparison to English teams, yardy-yardy-ya. But let’s spare a thought for Diego Simeone and his Atletico side, who would easily win the prestigious trophy if they were, hypothetically, in the Premier League.
To challenge for the title, you need to tick the box in three departments. A 20+ goal scorer ✔️- Antonio Griezmann. Regular clean sheets ✔️ – Diego Godin. A continuos spine ✔️ – Koke & Gabi, along with the aforementioned duo.
Atletico have proved this, season after season, and have only come short in La Liga (with the exception of 2013/14), because of the superior Los Blancos and Catalans.
If this is then compared to the Premier League challengers, Simeone’s men have a greater consistency. The side from Madrid regularly produce 20+ goal scorers in the likes of Aguero, Forlan, Torres, Costa and now, Griezmann.
The red and whites also have had the best defence in Europe for the past five seasons, which is guaranteed thanks to a combination of quality and work rate, masterminded by their meticulous Argentine manager.
Atletico have, rightly so, received large credit for what they have given football in the past few seasons. But they could have even more to show for in any other league – particularly the Prem – it is just the size of Real and Barca that has stopped them winning more trophies than their squad deserves.
Had this exact team been in England, they would be the standout team every season for the last three years. The Spanish side would have definitely won at least back-to-back titles due to their consistency and rigid set-up.
We’ll see what challenge they mount this year in Spain, but you have to fear that the two giants will cause them to fall short once again.