Winning one League title is hard enough. Doing it twice in as many years is a monumental task.
In La-Liga Athletic Club is the last time outside Real Madrid and Barcelona who won the title back to back in 1983 and 1984.
Meanwhile, Atletico has not been repeated as league champions since 1951. But seven decades on, after tumultuous summers at Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabèu, once again Diego Simeone’s men are being favoured to win La-Liga again.
Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi and within two-months Madrid lost Sergio Ramos, Varane and Zinadine Zidane. It has not been a good summer for either club.
If the rojiblancos are to secure another league championship and mount challenges in other competitions Simeone’s men will need to fix things.
Atletico has not been rock solid in this season and their defence has been questioned several times. Simeone has gone with the 3-5-2 formation that was successful last season. Simeone can continue the team’s style even though Saul went to Chelsea, without reverting entirely to the once-standard 4-4-2. Savic, Gimenez and Hermoso did raise some questions in defence and the team that is renounced for their defensive formation has been conceding goals for fun.
The midfield three of Koke, Llorente and De Paul along with first-choice wingbacks Trippier and Carrasco haven’t been in the best of form…and consistency is the main factor for Atletico. Late goals and individual performances from Suarez and Griezmann have covered up many stints of Simeone’s side.
Joao Felix will be an important factor for Atletico in their title run. He managed 31 league appearances in 2020/21, but he did not score after February.
Simeone’s title hopes will be in his hands only, a rock-solid side and some world-class individual talents will surely be able to retain the title if they play with their full potential.