Why Atletico's bashing of the Big Two is even more impressive than you think

It was never supposed to end this way. Diego Simeone could do wonders, but this was surely beyond even him. Last season Atletico were second in the table until March before their lack of squad depth and ability to play beyond their limits finally caught up; that was supposed to be the optimist’s best-case scenario. The Big Two would wait for the others to dream of glory before they snatched it away.


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