Atletico Madrid will remain a force without Arda Turan and Mario Mandzukic

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Atletico Madrid's quest to break the two team dominance in Spain has been an admirable one and a league title was proof that Real Madrid and Barcelona's stronghold was broken. Albeit for a short amount of time.

Inevitably over the seasons Diego Simeone has been unable to keep hold of his star names despite the clubs elevated status across the world.

Diego Costa and Filipe Luis departed last season but the club still had a respectable season, all be it not as sensational as the previous.


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This summer two big stars have already departed in Mario Mandzukic and Arda Turan and people have begun to question whether Atletico can sustain their success in a very competitive league.

In my opinion Atletico will still be the same team next season, possibly even better. The players they have so far recruited over the summer are ideal for Simeone's system and the stars who have left may not be missed as much as some may think.

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Martinez is a great signing

Let us look at Mario Mandzukic, the Croatian had a somewhat successful debut season in Spain but was not as impressive as some may think.

A lack of goals towards the end of the campaign and his questionable temperament were causes for concern, so for me his impact at Madrid was very superficial indeed.

While I am no doubting his obvious talent Mandzukic seemed unable to fully adjust to Atletico's high pressure from the front system and therefore suffered as a result.

Not only have Atletico brought in Jackson Martinez, one of Europe's most prolific goal scorers, the club have thus far kept hold of true talisman Antoine Griezmann.

Martinez has been the top goal scorer in Portugal for the past three campaigns, has scored goals in the Champions League. It is genuinely accepted that the Colombian is one of the finest in the world in his position and I doubt the goals will dry up at Atletico.

Antoine Griezmann

Keeping hold of Griezmann could be key because the Frenchmen may be an orthodox forward but he is priceless to Atletico.

Over the past two campaigns only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more goals than Griezmann and he finished with 22 strikes last time out.

He is one of Europe's most underrated assets and has firmly cemented himself as Atletico's talisman.

Arda Turan sale

Arda Turan's sale is a strange one and the club are yet to sign a replacement due to the fact that the deal was only made official a few days ago.

Turan may have been one of Atletico's stars over the last few seasons but his absence may not prove to be as important as some may suggest.

Atletico already have Koke to play the role of the creative genius in their midfield and now Simeone has a chance to replace his other creative genius with something different.

One criticism of Atletico and Turan is their lack of pace in wide positions. Against Real Madrid in the Champions League this issue was obvious and now it is an issue they can look to fix.

A winger with pace would offer a new dimension to the team and perhaps make them even more threatening as an attacking unit.

In my eyes the only thing I can see at Atletico is positivity. The club have also signed Luciano Vietto arguably La Liga's finest player under the age of 21 and have one of the world's finest young defenders in Raul Giminez.

Some stars may have departed but true quality has been added. Griezmann and Godin seem committed to the club and they possess two of the game’s most promising youngsters.

All looks well to me at the Vicente Calderon.


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