Atletico's attack to provide edge in La Liga title race

Atletico's attack to provide edge in La Liga title race

New additions to Atletico's frontline will see them as genuine title challengers.

A lack of goals saw Simeone’s side struggle to mount a serious title bid last season, finishing 14 points behind Barcelona. However, with new additions to the squad and with Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid, it could well be a two horse race this season.

Atletico have brought in Thomas Lemar from Monaco and Gelson Martins from Sporting Lisbon respectively, who will help support an already strong front pair in Griezmann and Diego Costa.

A forward line has been built this summer which will definitely add goals to a side who only managed 58 all of last season.

Despite this, they only conceded 22 goals during the La Liga campaign and their defence including Jan Oblak, Diego Godin and Gimenez makes them one of the best, if not the best, in the world.

Sky Bet are still offering Atletico at 10/1 to win the title, although they are as short as 8/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.

In the past week, 45% of all bets have been placed on Diego Simeone’s side winning a second title under their Argentine manager, whilst 30% of bets have been placed on Barcelona prevailing once again, at odds of just 4-5.

Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “Atletico Madrid never looked like causing Barcelona any scares last year because of their lack of attacking threat.

“Martins and Lemar are rapid, attacking young players who can frighten defences. If they both take to the style of play in La Liga and find their feet, Barcelona may well have something to think about.”