After they sold top scorer Diego Costa and fullback Felipe Luis to Chelsea, some predicted Atletico Madrid would struggle to repeat their achievements in 2013-14 when they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final.
Atletico Madrid must avoid another poor first-half showing if they are to protect their 2-0 lead over Real Madrid in the King`s Cup on Thursday and advance to the quarter-finals, according to fullback Juanfran.
It seems, La Liga is heading for three-way tie. After years of duopoly, football fans around the world have finally got to see a three-way title-fight in Spain. The rise of Atletico Madrid, as a title contender augurs well for the well-being of football in the Iberian nation.