Atletico Fans have kindly predicted the new season for Onefootball. Here's their 2015/16 season preview.
When Atletico Madrid won La Liga in 2014 it marked the first time a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid had lifted the title since Valencia ten years previously, and only the second time in those intervening years that Barca and Real hadn’t finished in the top two.
All was back to ‘normal’ last season though as Barcelona and Real dominated the Primera División with 16 and 14 points ahead third-placed Atletico. Córdoba and Almería were the bottom two with 13th-placed Elche joining them in the Segunda División following punishment for unpaid taxes.
This season sees Real Betis, Sporting Gijón and Las Palmas join the ranks of the Spanish elite, with Las Palmas playing in La Liga for the first time since 2001/02.
Atletico Fans, part of the Football Collective, have predicted what the 2015/16 season will look like for La Liga and for Atletico Madrid. Below you will find their predictions for the season under #MySeasonPreview and you’ll find their ideal Atletico lineup for the upcoming season.
You too can get involved in the #MySeasonPreview by predicting your own 2015/16 season here and you could be in with a chance to win Beats by Dre headphones, a 2015/16 football kit of your choice or a retro football shirt from Campo Retro in our competition.
I’d have to say Barcelona will win the title again. Hard to say what Madrid will do with Benitez, but Barca lately have destroyed everything in their path and I really can’t see past them. Not to mention that they’ll be able to add two quality players to their squad mid-season in Arda and Vidal as well.
Atletico will finish 3rd. That should be the priority, anything extra would be a bonus. This year we’ll have a pretty young team, I don’t think we have the experience to go all the way but I’m quietly optimistic still. A trophy would be perfect given that we didn’t win any last season.
Eibar, who are still in La Liga by default but surely can’t survive another season on such tiny resources. Have to feel that Depor are in danger as well, plus the promoted teams. All three are strong though, Betis have a team full of quality and Las Palmas will be a tough place to visit, so maybe Sporting will go down.
Surprising team? I’ll go with Getafe, in a good way. For years they’ve been uninspiring and pretty drab, but they’ve appointed a great young manager in Fran Escribá and are moving nicely in the transfer market. Moi Gómez in particular is quite a coup, albeit on loan.
Perhaps Javi Gracia, the Málaga manager, will be the first to get sacked. They’ve sold some key players and not replaced them particularly well, and if results don’t go their way early on Mr. Al-Thaani could wield the axe.
Cristiano has won the top goalscorer the last two years, so it must be Messi’s turn, right? He’s the better player and at the better team, so it’s an easy choice for me.
Jackson Martínez. He’s been bought to score goals, and hopefully that’s what he’ll do. He’s a proper frontman, leads the line expertly and is a predator inside the area. Whether he can transfer his form from the Portuguese league to La Liga like Falcao remains to be seen, but I have a good feeling that he’ll be a smash hit. Hopefully he and Griezmann hit it off, as both are potent goalscorers and could cause a lot of problems this year.
Koke. This year he’s supposedly moving from his wider midfield role into the centre, right at the heart of the team similar to where Gabi has played in the last few years. This position is crucial in the team, but Koke is ready to take on the role and become the foundation of Simeone’s new look Atlético. This is his natural position, and he has all of the qualities to become one of the best in the world there.
Guilherme Siqueira. Siqueira is not exactly deadwood, and is actually a pretty good option to have as Filipe Luís’ back-up, but selling him would probably benefit both parties. We already have good cover at left-back, and he could still fetch a few more millions given that he’s in the prime of career. With Filipe back his playing time will be limited, so he’d be better off moving somewhere that he can be a regular in the starting XI.
You too can get involved in the #MySeasonPreview by predicting your own 2015/16 season here and you could be in with a chance to win Beats by Dre headphones, a 2015/16 football kit of your choice or a retro football shirt from Campo Retro.
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