5 Reasons Why Atletico Madrid Will Not Defend Their La Liga Title

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5 Reasons Why Atletico Madrid Will Not Defend Their La Liga Title
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Atletico Madrid were surprising but well-deserved winners of last season’s Primera Division title, breaking the nine-year hegemony of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

It was an incredible achievement and one for which Diego Simeone and his squad deserve maximum credit. To some degree it was even more impressive that Atletico’s run to the Champions League final given the consistency required to win a league title.

But are Atletico capable of retaining their crown?

Simeone is an excellent coach, his players are well drilled and Atletico’s summer signings are a good fit for the structure he has established. He inspires such fidelity in his charges that it goes without saying that Atletico will put up a good fight.

There are, however, a number of factors that will work against Simeone and his team, and ultimately mean that it will be very difficult for them to become the first team from outside the big two to win consecutive league titles since Athletic Bilbao in the mid-'80s.

Here are five reasons why we believe Atletico are unlikely to defend their La Liga title.

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