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Atletico Madrid can still become a dominant European force

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After Atletico Madrid's dream of a first Champions League crown was agonizingly snatched away in such a cruel fashion by rivals Real Madrid, they won't be feeling too sorry for themselves. 

Sergio Ramos's perfectly placed header, only one minute from the end to equalize, brought unparalleled relief for Real Madrid but soul destroying anguish for their counterparts Atletico in Lisbon last Saturday night.

At the start of the season, if you placed a bet on Atletico Madrid coming third in La Liga and getting past the last 16 in the Champions League, you would of been labelled quite ambitious. What has actually happened is quite remarkable.

The transfer market last summer rifled up big statements with the top two in La Liga spending big and showing their intent to dominate.

Barcelona finally went ahead and brought the much talked about Neymar to Camp Nou. Real Madrid on the other hand, splashed out on the most expensive transfer in football history on Welshman Gareth Bale.

While all of this was happening, Diego Simeone was constructing a footballing army to be reckoned with. One that would be worthy of challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for the Spanish title but also taking on the rest of Europe.

Simeone's quality as a manager was clear from his first season at Atletico as they triumphed in the Europa League, wiping away Atletico Bilbao in the final. Ever since then, Simeone and the red and blue side of Madrid have only been getting better.

Although they did end up capitulating in extra time against Real, losing 4-1, it is obvious that Simeone simply will not allow it to halt their incredible progress. 

Scenes of the Argentine manager signaling to his fans at the end of the game to lift their spirits shows that he will not let that result bring them down.

Simeone now has a team that are experienced in winning major trophies and getting the best out of his players, they are only going to get better. Of course a big factor in this is whether they can keep hold of top goalscorer Diego Costa, who's reports of a big money move to Chelsea have come and gone.

Should the Los Rojiblancos keep hold of their stars and add a couple more quality signings, It will be impossible to think that they won't be challenging on all fronts again next season and become a major threat.

There is a great chance for this team to go on and win La Liga again next season and possibly even the Champions League if they carry on the way they are, and it will send a solid message to Spain, as well as the rest of the footballing world, that they are the dominant force.

Never have a team echoed the characteristic qualities of their manager quite like Atletico Madrid have. And if Simeone stays in charge, it will take a lot to stop his team. 

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