Maybe to the surprise of many, Atletico Madrid have stormed La Liga and find themselves comfortably at the summit of Spain’s top tier. Los Rojiblancos currently find themselves three points clear of their city rivals Real Madrid, with a game in hand on Zinedine Zidane’s side and they are also eight clear of Barcelona.
Many will look at the shortcomings of the usual big two from Spain as a reason for Atletico’s success thus far, but that’s extremely unfair, with Diego Simeone’s side thoroughly deserving their place at the top after a magnificent campaign that’s seen them lose just two of their 23 games. With such an sensational display in the league so far, mixed with the issues faced by both Real Madrid and Barcelona, could this signify a change of the guard in Spanish football?
Atletico were the last team other than the big two heavyweights to win the league when Simeone guided them to the title in the 2013/14 season, historically winning the title at the Camp Nou. As his side continue to flex their muscle at the top and the others continue to play catch-up, Simeone and his men look as though they’re here to stay and take advantage.