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Five players to watch

Atletico Madrid
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 By Sid Lowe

Atletico Madrid revel in transfer success and Real Madrid's De Gea woe

Former Atletico Madrid man Santiago Solari contends that Diego Simeone's energy will be a determining factor in how Atletico play this season as they look to fend off Sevilla and Valencia.

On the face of it, transfer deadline day was set to be a difficult one for some Atletico Madrid supporters. However, by the time the window shut, things had turned out rather well. They'd actually quite enjoyed it. There had been tears, but they were smiling now. Laughing their heads off, in fact. They do so love it when a plan comes together and their team's plans had come together. Other teams' plans, by contrast, had fallen apart.

The night before, Atletico won 3-0 at Sevilla 3-0. When Koke scored...

Jackson Martinez heads Atletico Madrid's strong summer window

The ESPN FC crew debate whether Jackson Martinez is an upgrade on Mario Mandzukic at Atletico Madrid.

With the transfer window now closed, it's time to look at Atletico Madrid's deals and whether Diego Simeone can be pleased with his summer business.

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Jackson Martinez (Porto, €35m) Luciano Vietto (Villarreal, €20m); Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (AS Monaco, €15m); Stefan Savic (Fiorentina, €12m plus Mario Suarez); Filipe Luis (Chelsea, €16m); Matias Kranevitter (River Plate, €8m will join in January); Rafael Santos Borre (€5.5m will join next summer)

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Mario...

Real Madrid tension eased by Bale, James; Vermaelen big for Barcelona

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez says that his side's performance spoke for itself in their 5-0 rout of Real Betis.

Five things from week two of La Liga action as Real and Barcelona hold serve at home, while Atletico send a message in Sevilla.

1. Bale and James ease tension at Bernabeu

Real Madrid's 5-0 hammering of Real Betis on Saturday evening, which was even easier than the scoreline suggests, has eased the pressure considerably on under-pressure new coach Rafael Benitez and under-fire galactico Gareth Bale.

The two-ex Premier League figures had been targeted by local pundits and fans following the...

Atletico Madrid overcome Sevilla challenge thanks to Griezmann, Gabi

Atletico Madrid picked up their second win of the season in style with a 3-0 victory over Sevilla.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says it is a benefit that there is so much competition for starting places at the club.

Sevilla is not an easy place to go, as many Spanish sides already know and a number of European teams will find out in this season's Champions League. They only lost once at home in the whole of last season -- 3-2 against Real Madrid -- which in turn ended a 35-game, 15-month undefeated streak. Therefore it cannot be understated just how good Atletico Madrid's 3-0 victory was and how much of a boost it will give Diego Simeone's side following their unconvincing 1-0 win over Las Palmas last week.

After...

Atletico Madrid's favourable UCL group a big help for Simeone

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes go group-by-group to break down the 2015 UEFA Champions League draw.

Diego Simeone and his squad could barely have asked for a better start to a club record third consecutive Champions League campaign, having been paired with Benfica, Galatasaray and Kazak minnows Astana on their first appearance in the big time.

Atletico's heavy investment over the summer in Jackson Martinez, the homecoming of Filipe Luis and holding onto Diego Godin on an improved long-term contract has been done to protect their status among Europe's best.

Having done the hard work in the past...

Antoine Griezmann seals Atletico's La Liga-opening win with brilliant goal

Antoine Griezmann, middle, bailed out a struggling Atletico Madrid with a brilliant free-kick goal.

The hopes of seeing a new attractive, attacking Atletico Madrid in full-flow with newly promoted Las Palmas as opening day cannon fodder failed to materialise at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday. Diego Simeone's men took the more accustomed route to three points courtesy of a 1-0 win thanks to a set-piece goal by Antoine Griezmann.

However, with so many new faces on show a win is not to be sniffed at. But what is certain is that Simeone's charges must improve markedly with Sevilla and Barcelona...