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Diego Simeone building a fortress at Atletico Madrid

Saturday 21st July 2018

La Liga has historically been more about the two powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Atletico Madrid rarely fall far behind. Los Rojiblancos have always sought to make their presence felt. Since Diego Simeone took over as manager in December 2011, it's been especially so. In the six full seasons the Argentine has been in charge, Atleti have been genuine title contenders. The club has not finished below third in La Liga during his time. In fact, the team went to the Camp Nou lion’s den to win the title in 2014.

Limited in resources and lacking the successful continental history their city neighbours and bitter rivals have, Atleti under Simeone have refused to take no for an answer. Two Champions League final appearances in the last five years speak volumes, as do a pair of Europa League crowns. The former Inter Milan star wants more. He is making new acquisitions and reshaping his team to achieve that. Have a look.

Emmanuel Odey

Emmanuel is a freelance football journalist who lives and breathes the round leather game. He is a contributor on several platforms. You can follow him on Twitter for more.

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