It was clear that after Atlético Madrid’s title-winning display against Barcelona, the one that clinched Atleti’s first title in 18 years, it was only a matter of time before clubs came to test Atleti’s resolve in keeping together their championship winning talent.
Weeks before, when Atlético knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge, there had been talk of the London club buying two of Atleti’s best players.
Fast forward a year, and Filipe Luís arrived back in Madrid to a mixed reception from Atleti fans.
Now this may be rumour-mongering, BUT if the rumours are to be believed, even for a second, then it looks like Diego Costa is hankering for a return to Atlético Madrid.
Guillem Balague confirmed as much again, in his weekly Q&A session with Sky Sports.
“Diego Costa would love to go back to Atlético,” the journalist said in response to a question on Twitter.
Costa had been struggling under the stewardship of José Mourinho until the Portugese coach was sacked by Chelsea last month.
Clearly there is a problem up-front for Atlético. The goals have dried up, and if you take out Antoine Griezmann’s contribution of nine goals in the league so far this season, the rest of Atleti’s forwards have only mustered up seven goals between them in 18 games so far this season.
Has the Jackson Martínez experiment failed? Will he continue down the same path as Mario Mandzukic? A season at Atleti before being shipped off?
Balague believes that Simeone is happy to see what the second half of the season holds for Jackson, who is playing better after returning to the Atlético side.
With Luciano Vietto, Ángel Correa and Fernando Torres all vying for that spot up-front alongside Griezmann, it’s becoming harder and harder for Simeone to keep handing Jackson a starting berth if he doesn’t start producing the goals.
But this statement from Guillem Balague raises the question, would the return of Diego Costa to Atlético solve the problem facing Atlético’s attack?