Mario Mandzukic’s third-minute strike was enough to ensure Atletico Madrid will have a least one trophy in the cabinet this term, as they downed Real Madrid 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon for 2-1 success in the Supercopa de Espana.
In doing so they dismissed fears that the losses of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois, stars of their meteoric rise under Diego Simeone, would relegate them back into the realms of the also-rans trailing in the wake of their capital city rivals and Barcelona.
Yet they remain temptingly-lengthy outsiders for supremacy on the Spanish main and, with that in mind, news.bwin.com/en/ outline the three best ways to invest in them turning up for the books for the second campaign in succession.
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Simeone’s side finished 20 points clear of Athletic Bilbao, the next highest finisher outside the Clasico cartel, last term after all.
The season before that, when the bronze medal was their reward, they were ten points better than Real Sociedad in fourth.
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To put their Supercopa victory over Real into context it was the first time Los Colchoneros had beaten Los Blancos at the Calderon since 1999, ending a miserable run of 15 battles in all competitions, all bar three of which were defeats.
Even the 2-2 draw the sides fought out in the league last term was the first time Atleti had avoided defeat at the hands of their neighbours in eight games.
It may only be a slightly more feisty Community Shield, but banishing that unhappy run to the history books is a sign that the Rojiblancos are by no means past their sell-by-date, in fact they may be progressing.
Far from being ransacked in the summer, they’ve shopped well with only Thibaut Courtois looking a big miss.
Centre-halves Diego Godin and Miranda and midfield ace Koke still committed, while, in attack, trading Diego Costa and David Villa for Jonathan Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic looks like a net gain.
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