1. Atletico Madrid
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Atletico just keep chugging along. Eight games, eight wins.
The new premier team in Madrid, Atletico have now defeated Real Madrid (now ‘the other Madrid’) twice in 2013.
Simeone’s men have been unfaultable this season, residing on top of La Liga by goal difference. Los Rojiblancos must be wondering, however, what exactly they have to do to pull away to a comfortable lead, with Barcelona virtually breathing down their neck.
Diego Costa has shrouded himself in a cloud of controversy, with question marks over his international allegiances. Nevertheless, he has fired in 10 goals for the club, including the crucial winner against Real Madrid.
The Group H leaders defeated both Zenit and Porto (the latter in Portugal) with five goals over the two games, no easy feat.
Last week saw Atletico breeze past Celta Vigo by scoring two goals courtesy of Diego Costa, who failed to finish his hat trick via a missed penalty.
Short of Bayern, it is hard to see anyone defeating the defensively parsimonious Atletico Madrid in this form, this week’s number one European team.