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Three Atletico Madrid talking points heading into 2015

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe is at a loss for words with the rumours Fernando Torres may be returning to his boyhood club of Atletico Madrid, as he questions if he will ever escape from his poor form in recent years.

Atletico Madrid go into the Christmas break in third place in La Liga, still in the title mix and in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Vicente Calderon faithful are full of holiday joy, and here are three talking points as we head into the new year.

1. Griezmann the man

Antoine Griezmann's match-winning performance at Athletic Bilbao was exactly what the doctor ordered for Atleti. With no Mario Mandzukic or Koke available, it was a serious test for Los Rojiblancos, who are, rumour has...

 By Alex Shaw

European Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's domestic struggles after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, finishing 2014 joint-bottom with Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

With football across Europe winding down for the winter break, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their side. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- and click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Click here for the verdict on all 20 Premier League teams.

LA LIGA:

Atletico Madrid: A-

Barcelona: C+

Real Madrid: A

BUNDESLIGA:

Bayern Munich: A

Atletico Madrid Report Card: A summary of Atleti's La Liga season

With La Liga winding down for the winter break, who has starred for Atletico Madrid and can the defending champions retain their title? Here's a look at how Diego Simeone's men have fared so far.

Grade: A-

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

It's been a decent, solid start from the champions, but they have yet to rekindle last season's spark.

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There are a couple of contenders for this award, including Mario Mandzukic sending the Vicente Calderon into raptures some 90 seconds into his home...

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AC Milan want to send Torres back to Atletico Madrid in exchange for Cerci

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained coy on the possibility of Fernando Torres returning to Spain.

As the globe prepares for all the holiday parties to come this week, Transfer Talk is similarly busy, rounding up an early peek and January's moves.

Torres going home to Madrid?

AC Milan have been forced to recently deny reports that they are looking to cut short Fernando Torres' miserable Serie A loan spell, but The Guardian reports that the San Siro side have opened negotiations with Atletico Madrid over the striker regarding a potential swap deal for Alessio Cerci.

Fernando Torres could soon return the side he captained as a teenager.

Torres has just...

Player Ratings: Griezmann hat trick caps Atletico's memorable year

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was full of praise for his players ahead of their final game of the year.

What a difference 15 minutes in a room with Diego Simeone can make.

Atletico Madrid went in trailing 1-0 at halftime to a greatly superior Athletic Club at San Mames on Sunday evening. Los Rojiblancos had wobbled and were outplayed by their host, which did not let them settle into any kind of rhythm. They were outfought and unusually sluggish in defence and did not look worthy of the tag La Liga champion.

Yet 45 minutes later they had won 4-1 and played quite possibly their best half of football...

Player Ratings: Mandzukic stars, but fringe players disappoint for Atletico

Mario Mandzukic's two-goal performance was one of the few bright spots on the night for Atletico.
Mario Mandzukic's two-goal performance was one of the few bright spots on the night for Atletico.

Atletico Madrid did what they had to do in order to set up a mouth-watering fifth round Copa del Rey tie with neighbours Real Madrid, but it was far from plain sailing for Los Rojiblancos as third division minnows L'Hospitalet held them to a 2-2 draw at a largely empty Vicente Calderon Stadium.

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Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 2
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Sitting pretty at 3-0 up on aggregate, the fans stayed away and so, it seemed, did the side's quality, although there were a couple of bright spots in the form of Mario Mandzukic, Koke and Jose Gimenez.

Atleti...