Diego Simeone endured his most difficult season at Atletico Madrid, with the sale of players and the transformation of the team that ultimately wreaked havoc.
Despite this, Atleti is still on the right track for an eighth consecutive top three ranking under Simeone, and they have chased the Champions League Liverpool holders, testifying to his powers as a coach.
The 2010s saw some truly wonderful footballers representing Atletico, goalkeepers and forwards in particular, and it is a marvel that they have remained competitive after losing them. Here’s a full XI of players they’ve sold over the past decade.
GK: David de Gea
Thibaut Courtois was the other obvious choice, but we opted for his predecessor, who was a serious contender for being the best goalkeeper in the world for much of the 2010s.
Admittedly, the right-back had given Atleti his best years when he left the club last summer at the age of 34, but more than 350 appearances and seven appearances from a signature of 4 million euros mean it is a shoo-in on the right side of the defense.
CB: Lucas Hernandez
World Cup winner in the back left, Hernandez is given the green light in the middle of the defense of this Atleti XI after being sold to Bayern Munich for a record 80 million euros in the Bundesliga.
“The exit that hurt us the most was Lucas, who was a boy from the academy. [It hurt] More than Griezmann, “Diego Simeone told Marca in October 2019.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
We left Diego Godin aside because Atletico made the most of the Uruguayan, but the same cannot be said of Alderweireld, who established himself as one of the best central defenders in the Premier League in Southampton and Tottenham.
LB: Theo Hernandez
A strange case, Hernandez – Lucas’s younger brother – never appeared for Atleti’s senior team, but impressed enough to win a € 24 million transfer to Real Madrid on loan to Alaves.
The left-back only spent a season at the Bernabeu but has been one of the most remarkable artists of AC Milan since his transition to Serie A with a contract of 20 million euros.
RW: Antoine Griezmann
The sale of Lucas Hernandez may have done more harm, but Griezmann must be there.
Worth the 70 million euros Manchester City paid for the force with which it struck the ball alone.
Rodri among the players of Man City against Burnley:
most passes attempted (102)
most successful passes (93)
more bullet recoveries (12)
most defensive branches won (4)
most tackles attempted (4)
greatest number of tackles won (3)
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– Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 3, 2019
CM: Raul Garcia
Perhaps not the flashiest player, Garcia was a staunch servant of Atleti, making more than 300 appearances in eight years and providing a healthy outlet for the midfielder.
When Garcia returned to Calderon with Athletic Bilbao, he was greeted by banners that said, “You will always be our captain. “
The player himself also traveled to the San Siro as a fan in 2016 to see Atleti face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
LW: Arda Turan
Widely despised by Atletico fans after his departure for a bad spell in Barcelona, Turan was nevertheless a crucial player under Simeone.
His performances in the Spanish capital earned him comparisons ranging from “Jesus Christ of a hipster” to Lou Reed, but his post-athletic career was spent a bit by Phil Spector, the condemned man to a suspended prison sentence for shooting a gun in a hospital after breaking a pop star’s nose.
ST: Sergio Aguero
The only reason we have limited this to sales since 2010 is to make our choice of strikers much easier. Fernando Torres, Christian Vieri, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink were all in the running before 2010, and we still have to leave out Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez, Raul Jimenez, Mario Mandzukic and David Villa.
It can’t do not to be Aguero, right?
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ST: Diego Costa
His second spell may not have been as productive as the first so far, but it just seems like Diego Costa is back in his spiritual home, even though we miss him very much.
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