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About Carlo Valladares

Soccer analyst who works for various outlets and is special to AtleticoFans.com. Covers topical, tactical, statistical, and features for this site and others. Twitter: @C_V_News https://twitter.com/C_V_News Personal Website: CarloValladaresNews.com Professional Email: [email protected]

Cholo hasn't had things all his own way this season

Why Simeone’s tactical tweaks will only benefit Atlético

Diego Simeone isn’t done tinkering. He’s gone the route I hoped for when I wrote a piece asking whether or not Atletico Madrid should continue their expansive play or revert back to ‘Cholismo.’

He’s staying the course with his experiment, for now, at least. Simeone has shown the footballing world that he is still learning what works and what doesn’t with the players at his disposal.

2016 was a memorable year for Atleti supporters

Video: Our top five Atlético Madrid matches of 2016

With 2017 right around the corner, we at AtleticoFans.com have decided to run down our very own top five Atleti matches of 2016 for our readers.

There were plenty of ups and downs in this calendar year, but we decided to pick what we thought were the very best and most memorable games on the pitch. So sit back, relax and enjoy the video.

Much has been made of Simeone's tactical changes this season

Should Atlético stay on offense or revert to Cholismo?

With two wins in their last five La Liga matches, Atlético Madrid is in a period of tactical transition and have been underachieving given their off-season acquisitions.

The rojiblancos are coming off of a much-needed win against Osasuna, but much has changed since they were briefly top of the league earlier in the campaign.

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Calderón last season

Match preview: Atlético vs. Real Madrid

The Vicente Calderón will host Real Madrid for the final time in league action on Saturday, in what will be a crucial match for Atlético given their inconsistent recent form in La Liga.

Los Blancos make the trip across town with a six point over Diego Simeone’s team, but the red and whites will be desperate for a win to close the gap in the first meeting between the two sides since Milan.

Rojiblancos train in feezing conditions in Rostov

Champions League Preview: Rostov vs. Atlético

Diego Simeone and Atlético Madrid are going to do something no North American sports team would want to amid the heightened political climate – play a game in the Russian Federation.

However, if an American side ever did make the trip to play in Putin’s backyard they’d have something in common with Atleti, it’d also be their first time ever playing a match in the city of Rostov-on-Don.

Atleti have been in fine goalscoring form this season

Atleti’s drubbing of Granada sends message to La Liga

When this stateside writer who keeps a keen eye on the Spanish Primera notices something that goes against the norm, he takes notice, savors it, and analyses it.

There have been a couple of occasions where LaLiga has truly gone above and beyond in the unpredictable department this campaign. Sometimes these instances are easily noticed, sometimes you have to dig deeper to find it’s true meaning.

Torres set to start against Bayern

Match preview: Atlético vs. Bayern

Atletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich on Wednesday and will be looking to see how much their 15/16 UCL semi-final opponents have changed under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Bayern, on the other hand, is looking for revenge just five months after the Spanish side eliminated them on away goals from the prestigious European competition.

Atleti will be looking to improve on their stalemate in Eindhoven last year

Match preview: PSV Eindhoven vs. Atlético

Come Tuesday, Atlético Madrid will embark on their journey to yet another Champions League final as they travel to PSV Stadion, where hosts PSV will be looking for revenge after they were defeated in the Round of 16 last year.

Both clubs couldn’t muster up a single goal across both legs and the Dutch side was defeated 8-7 on penalties. However, Diego Simeone has insisted that this year’s Group D match will be different.

Atleti still looking for their first win of 2016/17

Simeone leaves the door open on Inter rumours

The media frenzy around Atlético Madrid continues as coach Diego Simeone has been something of the club’s lightning rod in the wake of his side’s poor start to the 16/17 campaign.

Atleti has started the season with just one point in two consecutive games against newly promoted sides Alavés and Leganés, and many have questioned whether Simeone’s demands are now falling on deaf ears.

Arda Turan has struggled to feature for Barcelona this season

Five reasons Arda Turan has struggled at Barcelona

Arda Turan, the first Turk to ever win a La Liga title, is reported to be for sale by Barcelona, according to Marca. The news comes just over a year after Barcelona signed him for €40 million from Atlético Madrid.

The Turkey captain would like to stay with the reigning La Liga champions but the report describes a Barca board that feels as though it is a good idea to sell the former Atlético midfielder, especially since Denis Suarez’s arrival will cause greater competition.

Arda’s lack of minutes and big game starting time is something that came as a bit of a surprise to Barcelona fans and many Atletico supporters, but why did this happen? Read on as AtleticoFans tackles the question.