Atletico Madrid: Full Report Card for Every Position Entering La Liga Season

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Atletico Madrid: Full Report Card for Every Position Entering La Liga Season
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How will Atleti fare this season?

It's rare that the champions of a league go into the next season as third favourites to triumph, but that's what's happening to Atletico Madrid.

They were the plucky underdogs last year, scraping a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou on the final day to lift the title.

Well, in theory. They still haven't been presented with it yet, because the head of the Spanish FA was traveling, per the Daily Mail.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have strengthened this summer, splashing millions on Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Ivan Rakitic and many more big names.

Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, have been struggling to tread water, trying to replace the players they have lost in the weeks after their heart-breaking Champions League final defeat by city-rival Real Madrid.

The Rojiblanco have seen Diego Costa and Filipe Luis head to Chelsea, while the west London side have also recalled imperious goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after three successful years on loan at the Vicente Calderon.

David Villa is another who has left Diego Simeone's side, and the Argentine manager has been hard at work trying to fill the gaps.

Here we look at how their squad rates for the new season, position by position.

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