Atletico still have point to prove after narrow win

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Atletico Madrid won their first three points of the campaign following a 1-0 win over newly promoted Las Palmas.

After a strong transfer window from Diego Simeone, the Rojiblanco are considered one of the favourites to win La Liga this season.

However, following an unconvincing display on the opening weekend, Atletico will need to improve before next week’s trip to Sevilla.


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Here is what we learnt after their victory:

Antoine Griezmann’s form will be crucial this season

Griezmann will be happy to be off the mark at the start of the campaign, scoring his 63rd goal in La Liga, which was his first from a free kick during his time in Spain, albeit a heavily deflected one.

The France international netted 22 goals in the league last year, and if Diego Simeone wants his side to challenge this season, Griezmann will need to become a regular on the scoresheet.

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Atletico have always have a tradition of world-class strikers, including: Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero and Radamal Falcao. If Griezmann wants to be considered in that category, he will need to fire them to the title.

The new signings will need time

There is no doubt striker Jackson Martinez will need time to adapt to his new side following his big money move from Porto.

Martinez was replaced early in the second half by Fernando Torres after a poor display. The Colombian failed to trouble the opposition goalkeeper and failed to link up with his teammates.

On the other hand Filipe Luis returned to the Vincente Calderon seamlessly following his one year stint away at Chelsea.

The Brazilian took a few good touches and frequently joined in the attack on many occasions. Atletico really missed Luis last season, but he really made an impressive second debut.

Atletico will need to improve their set piece defending

Simeone will be pleased to gain all three points, but will concerned how fragile his side looked from set pieces.

Las Palmas created multiple chances in the second half, and all of them were from dead ball situations.

Halfway through the second half defender David Salmon was left completely unmarked at the back post and was unlucky to just find the post.

In the last 15 minutes, goalkeeper Jan Oblak was lucky to clear his lines after this side failed to clear after as corner. Las Palmas troubled again from a corner with five minutes to go, but Aythami Artiles could only head over,

Atletico will have greater challenges to come in the next couple of weeks, and will certainly need to improve before their visit to Sevilla. Simeone will be concerned about how vulnerable his side looked defensively, especially as the Argentinian prides himself in his defensive organisation.

The new partnership of Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin will need work, but certainly has potential to be a formidable one. Perhaps the departure of Joao Miranda to Inter Milan could be a bigger miss than first anticipated.

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