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.

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.

Champions League: It's Zidane vs. Simeone

Attack versus defence in the Champions League final

After a one year absence, Atlético is back in the Champions League final. They are facing a familiar foe in Real Madrid, whom they lost to in the 2014 final just two years ago. The two teams have played ten times since then, resulting in five wins, one loss, and four draws for Atleti.

Koke speaks at yesterday's Champions League media open day

Has Koke become Spain’s best attacking midfielder?

Euro 2016 is right around the corner and Spain is here to play, potentially win, and to redeem themselves from a horrible 2014 World Cup campaign.

Much has changed since La Roja were victorious in Ukraine four years ago, and a number of younger players are beginning to take lead roles in the setup – our very own Koke being one of those.

Lucas impressed in both legs against Barcelona

With Godin out, Lucas and Giménez must take charge

Atlético has played 51 games this season which means injury and fatigue are necessary evils in the 2015-16 campaign. Nearly every player has sat out at least one game, but the latest knock may be the biggest for Atléti. Diego Godin showed signs of first injuring his thigh against Barcelona and aggravated the injury more

Fernando Torres has had an immense resurgence

Where did it all go right for Fernando Torres?

When Fernando Torres came off of the bench to secure all three points against Eibar, very few people expected that El Niño would go over four months without scoring another goal in the red and white of Atlético Madrid.

And yet Atleti’s number nine was to go 140 days without finding the back of the net. Fans could be forgiven for thinking the striker would eternally sit on 99 goals in the record books at the Vicente Calderón.

Vietto and Griezmann have featured together this season

Does Atlético need a different type of striker?

Atlético’s attack this season has been a mixed bag. For every air-punching 5-1 victory over Betis we’ve had to celebrate, we’ve had a fist-clenching bore draw against PSV and Villarreal.

You can’t blame it on lack of variety up-front. Antoine Griezmann has 19 goals in the league this season for Atleti, his best haul so far, but he’s also had his fair share of strike partners.

Are we looking in the wrong places for goals?

Saúl has been central to Atleti's renewed attacking threat

Atlético’s attack starting to find an identity

After four straight matches in which Atlético managed just three total goals, the rojiblancos have shrugged off the February blues. Atleti has turned on the heat in March, with five different goal scorers totalling nine goals in their last three matches.

For much of the season, this Atleti has identified as a typical Diego Simeone team. They sat back and played defensively, even at home. They did not score nearly as many goals as Real Madrid and Barcelona but consistently won games 1-0.

The sign that Real Madrid fans held aloft in the 4-1 win over Atleti in 2011

A worthy rival for a decent derby

We have achieved what a lot of Atlético fans could only dream of before that 2013 Copa Del Rey Final. We are feared by Real. Really feared. Which makes one wonder are Real the new ‘noisy neighbours’?

Tiago picked up an injury back in November

Injuries continue to shake up Atlético’s midfield

Early in the second half of an already hard-fought battle with Getafe, Atlético´s most promising young summer transfer went to the ground after a blow to the ankle. The Belgian was able to walk off the pitch, but paramedics carried him to the locker room on a stretcher in the latest injury to an Atlético midfielder.

Just as Augusto and Tiago start to make their return to training, another midfielder goes down.