Atlético Madrid started the 2016/17 season slowly with two draws in their first two matches, but have since seen an upturn in form and now sit top of La Liga and their Champions League group.
Not everybody in the squad can claim to have performed right from the get go against Alavés back in August, but one player who has impressed all season long is Filipe Luís.
The Brazilian left-back enjoyed a successful first year back in red and white after rejoining from Chelsea in the summer of 2015, and has arguably been in the form of his life in the past few weeks or so.
We don’t really need to tell you much about how Filipe has performed as he is so consistent, his level very rarely drops and defensively he is probably the best left-back in world football.
However, he has become one of our most important players not only in attack but also in midfield, where he contributes regularly in the build-up and makes use of possession as well as anybody else in the team.
It’s rare to see a full-back who is so instrumental in so many areas – Dani Alves and Philip Lahm come to mind – and the Atleti man deserves to be put in that category. He’s been performing to an exceptional standard for over four years now.
The rojiblancos kept five clean sheets in six matches in September, conceding just the once in a 1-1 draw away at Barcelona that also happened to be the only game they didn’t win during the month.
Filipe was one of the stand-out performances in a fine defensive performance at the Camp Nou, and also put in a man of the match showing in the Champions League win over Bayern Munich a week later.
He showed his attacking prowess late on and won a penalty late on after drawing a foul from Arturo Vidal, and kept the German side’s wingers at bay throughout the contest.
Elsewhere, he claimed an assist for Kevin Gameiro in the 5-0 win against Sporting – a game in which he probably spent more time in the opposition half than his own – and was a driving force in a hard fought win over former club Deportivo La Coruña.
At 31, the Brazilian is showing no signs of decline and looks to be at the peak of his physical powers still. When he doesn’t play, the whole team suffers which is a testament to just how integral he has become.
Antoine Griezmann, Koke, Jan Oblak and others also played well over the course of the month, but we feel it’s about time that Filipe was recognised for his stellar performances.
Do you agree with our choice? Who else impressed you during September?