Atlético Madrid’s Cautious Strengthening.

This summer has been a busy one for Atletico Madrid. Plenty of players have been signed and released. A gradual change in playing style and approach seems to be signified, with the use of plenty of young players and a new 4-3-3 formation being mooted as Diego Simeone’s plan for next season. Here is a good look at Atletico’s transfer activity so far:

Contents of a bored mind.

Looking at Atlético’s recent transfer activity it seems clear that they are preparing themselves for both an attempt on the Liga BBVA title but also consolidation of their position as the third best team in Spain. A season ago when Atléti won La Liga success seemed inevitable to continue, however last season they had a fairly disappointing season, finishing third in La Liga and finishing without any silverware to note. This combined with the rise of Valencia as a potential title challenger means that Atlético need to solidify their position in the top three, as they only got one more point that Valencia last season, with the Madrid team finishing on 78 points and Valencia on 77.

Some will argue that their recent signings of players like Jackson Martínez, Luciano Vietto, Yannick Ferreira Carasco, Stefan Savic and potentially Filipe Luis are replacements rather than investments; yet Atléti have sold a…

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