The current season of LaLiga looks to be as opened as ever, and while is still too early to give any prediction, one of the big 3 of Spain (Real Madrid, Barcelona & Atlético de Madrid) is showing on an early stage of the season the consistency needed to be LaLiga champion. That team is Atlético de Madrid.
One of the biggest signings of the season for “Los Colchoneros” was Luis Suarez and for the price of 6 Million euros. The Uruguayan striker so far has really numbers with the team, 5 goals ; 1 assist on 7 games played.
The past few seasons, Atlético de Madrid struggled somewhat on the striker department of the squad. Players like Fernando Torres, Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa have not been able to contribute to the team the numbers they club need to compete big time on LaLiga and the Champions League. If Suarez keeps this current pace, both Real Madrid and Barcelona won’t be able to catch “Los colchoneros” on LaLiga table.
Last season João Félix’s game was a bit inconsistent, but with a lot of sparks of a potential star in the making. João Félix is on the pace of improving his stats from the previous season, so far Felix’s stats : 8 goals, 3 assists on 15 games played.
João Félix has finally adapted to Spanish football and now he is one of “Los Colchoneros” best players and the team will keep improving as long as his game and numbers grow as well. The sky is the limit for the young Portuguese player.
The Rest of the Squad
While João Félix and Luis Suarez are having good seasons, the rest of the squad are also having a good season. Players like Jan Oblak, Marcos Llorente, Jose Jimenez, Mario Hermoso and Koke are having a good season and are contributing big time to the current success of the team. While some injuries have plagued the team, “Los Colchoneros” have risen to the occasion and showed the determination they have on the pitch every game of the season so far with winning 5 of their last 5 games in LaLiga.
The Squad of Atlético de Madrid will continue to get better from here with the eventual returns of injury of Vrsalijko, Diego Costa and Yannick Carrasco. Once the winter market is opened, the team will finally have available their newest signing Geoffrey Kondogbia to play and several players have been linked to a move to “los colchoneros” , players of the likes of : Laimer (RB Leipzig), Tampety (Brighton) and Szoboszlai (Red Bull Salzburg).
What Next for “Los Colchoneros”?
Atlético de Madrid has several important games coming up soon. On Wednesday, they face Red Bull Salzburg to see if they qualify to the next round of the Champion League. On Saturday, they face Real Madrid and if they manage to win, they will have 9 points ahead of “Los Blancos” and with one less game played than them. on December 22, Atlético de Madrid will face Real Sociedad, who are second on LaLiga Table, and this game could help them build a good point difference against them.
The next few weeks are crucial for Atlético de Madrid, especially the Red Bull Salzburg game. The champions League has been an obsession for the club for several years and being closed on winning it on several occasions the last few seasons. This obsession the team has with the Champions League is a major factor to consider and if things don’t go the right way, this could be the catalyst for collapse for them.