Atletico Madrid’s “world class” strike force of Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Angel Correa and Joao Felix will help the club to finish above Real Madrid, Barcelona and any other challengers in the LaLiga title race.
That is the view of ex-Valencia, Celta Vigo, Villarreal and Real Zaragoza defender Jose Enrique, who told Stats Perform he also expects Atleti to put up a fight for the Champions League under “annoying” boss Diego Simeone.
The reigning Spanish champions are level on points with city rivals Madrid at LaLiga’s summit after eight matches thanks to a 2-0 win over Barcelona – who are five points worse off in ninth with a game in hand – prior to the international break.
Atleti have been far from perfect at the start of their title defence, though, having dropped points against Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo Alaves this term, losing 1-0 to the latter in the shock of the season so far.
Simeone’s side have also had to ride their luck at times, with three of their 11 league goals coming in added time and another two arriving in the 78th and 79th minute.
Suarez leads the way with four goals, including a strike against former side Barca two weeks ago, while Correa has three to his name.
With that goal against Barca, the Uruguay international completed the set by scoring against all 31 teams that he has faced in the Spanish top flight.
Joao Felix has yet to get off the mark for the LaLiga campaign, though, and Griezmann is also goalless in the league since rejoining from Barcelona at the end of the most recent transfer window.
Yet while Madrid have double the number of goals as Atleti, Jose Enrique rates Los Rojiblancos’ attack as the best around and cannot see past them finishing top for a third time in nine seasons this time around.
“I think it will be Atletico,” the Spaniard, who also spent eight years in the Premier League with Newcastle United and Liverpool, said when asked who he expects to win the title.
“I know there been some games where they had to struggle in terms of scoring, with 90-something minute winners or whatever.
“But what they have in the players they have is just incredible. You see the strength of the squad they have. They just signed Griezmann and they have Suarez, Joao Felix, Correa.
“You talk about those four and for me that could be in any team in the world, and the four of them are strikers.
“Correa can play out on the wing sometimes, Joao Felix as well. But you’re talking about four world-class strikers in my opinion. So, for me they are amazing.
“It is true that that defensively, maybe there’s a little bit more. But this is a team that I really believe is going to win the league this year.
“In the Champions League they’re going to be annoying again, because Simeone is very, very annoying, always.”
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