At first LLL went into Atlético Madrid default mode. What did it all mean?! What was the significance?! Was it a coded message to someone?! Was it an insult?!
But then the blog remembered the Rojiblancos are a normal club these day. Well, as normal as Atlético ever can be. Instead, Diego Simeone’s choice of attire upon his return to the home of the Spanish champions was mere coincidence.
The genius, studly-looking Argentinian was pushing his luggage trolly sporting a t-shirt with ‘Believe’ written on it, but with the world ‘lie’ highlighted. Rather than meaning anything, it was all about early-90s, Zoo-TV Achtung-Baby-era U2; nothing more than that.
Poor Simeone has a near Mission Impossible in the new campaign. Well, two Mission Impossibles, as steering Atlético through the choppy waters of life is an already tricky business. El Cholo must try to match last season’s astonishing performance, except that most of the key cogs of his title-winning team have either gone or have one boot out the door.
Diego Costa has done one to Chelsea
, and LLL
is going out on a limb to say the striker may be found out a little, Roberto Soldado-style. Or score 50 goals. Could go either way. The World Cup flop went to the Premier League for €38 million but Atlético will only receive half of that figure with the rest going to Jorge Mendes, investment groups and Sporting Braga. Costa's former striker partner David Villa has headed Stateside via Melbourne
as he waits for New York FC to get up and running.
Meanwhile, the new-new Diego Costa/Falcao/Diego Forlán/Kun Agüero/Fernando Torres could well be Álvaro Negredo; although the Manchester City forward's price may be a little steep for Atlético, there's no doubting the attractiveness these days of playing for the La Liga champions and Champions League finalists, especially for players (like the former Sevilla hotshot) who wish to remain in the Spanish eyeline as a new cycle begins for the national team.
True, Real Madrid may be bringing in World Cup flavours-of-the-month and Barcelona are set to have Luis Suaréz available from November, but there's no reason not to think that Atlético can succeed again with the "take each game as it comes" strategy.
As Simeone was non-verbally communicating on his return to Spain, all you have to do is believe.