Chelsea FC officially announced on Tuesday what we all knew was coming, the transfer of Atlético top scorer Diego Costa to the London outfit.
Fernando Torres, Sergio Agüero, Diego Forlán, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa. They have all held the expectation of rojiblanco fans in recent years, and since the latter’s departure last week to Chelsea, the question on everyone’s lips is – who will lead the line at the Vicente Calderón next season?
It now looks set to be Mandžukić, but is he right fit, or is there a better option available?
In our second part of our transfer round-up, we look at the candidates to strengthen our forward line and midfield areas for the coming season ahead of the wholesale changes anticipated.
The World Cup may be starting today, but that does not mean that the transfer market takes a rest and club sides are working hard to get deals done early and build for next season – none more so than Atlético Madrid. Read the first part in our rumour round-up right here!
Win, win, win and – if necessary – win again. That is what Atlético have to do if they are to claim their first La Liga title in 18 years this season. The team know that three more victories are needed from their last 4 games to secure top spot, although as usual, the only game that matters right now is the next one.
With Barcelona surprisingly beaten at Granada the previous evening, Atlético took the chance to go three points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday with a deserved win at local rivals Getafe.
Atlético are the last of La Liga’s ‘Big Three’ to go into battle this round, with proceedings away at Osasuna getting underway at 21:00 CET on Sunday. Atleti are unbeaten in eight consecutive encounters against los Rojillos, and have won three straight at El Sadar.
Atlético will travel to their city neighbours in Vallecas this Sunday for their return match, set for 19:00 CET.
Atlético hit the road again to face fourth in La Liga Villarreal, back from relegation just one year later and looking as lean and mean as in the old days when they gained the ‘Yellow Submarine’ nickname.
I’m getting annoyed with the whole ‘Diego Costa: Spain or Brazil’ thing. I’m really happy about our players being called up, because it is a sign of the great work they do for Atlético. It doesn’t matter to me which country they play for.