Atletico Madrid- one of the most impressive teams so far this season in Europe.

Los Rojiblancos started with eight victories in eight games in La Liga, including a 1-0 win against arch-rivals Real Madrid.

But why are Atletico so strong this season?

Many thought Atletico won't be so strong this season after they sold Radamel Falcao to AS Monaco for €50 million, but they made a fantastic move to recover from the lost of the striker with the transfer of David Villa for the mere €5 million.

They also have Diego Costa, who is an animal - he has scored 10 goals in 10 games since the beginning of the campaign, with only Lionel "Leo" Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having scored more than the striker.

Another thing to mention is their defence - it's much stronger than last season, they even managed to keep a clean sheet against Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But these clean sheets have remained that way because of their amazing goalkeeper- Thibaut Courtois.

For a third consecutive season, the Belgian has been sent on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, and he has made quite an impression since 2011-12 after winning the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey at his time at Madrid.

But the man who has been the catalyst for the inspired Atletico is Turkish playmaker Arda Turan.

Since joining from Galatasaray in the summer of 2011, Turan has been a sensation for Atletico with 13 goals and 25 assists in 98 games - an impressive number for the Turkish international.

This time he has scored three and provided five assists in 12 games - proving he is a beast and is continuing to impress.

Yet Atletico's success wouldn't have happened if Diego Simeone wasn't appointed as their coach in the winter of 2011.

The 43-year-old manager has made Atletico one of the best teams in Europe and this year they are showing their full potential under the Argentinian manager.

Atletico started with 10 victories in 12 games and are still unbeaten in all competitions. The only games they didn't manage to win were against Barcelona in the Supercup games, both ending as draws.

Atletico have one very balanced squad. They are a team.There aren't any big stars except David Villa, who is standing out because he is a leader - the man who will raise the spirit of the team.

In Atletico everyone can make a difference.

They already proved they can beat everyone with the victory against Real Madrid and this could be their season. Who knows - they might even be a big surprise in the Champions League...

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