Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone claims that he is always a worried man towards the end of a transfer window. This is due to the possibility of losing players at the last moment, which would leave the club at a huge disadvantage in terms of squad strength. Simeone claims that he has managed to assemble the squad over the summer in such a way that it is at 99% close to completion. He expects 100% confidence in his squad once the window closes on August 31. There are still uncertainties surrounding some players at Atletico. They have already sold some key names like Turan and Mario Mandzukic.
However, Atletico have equally brought a number of names to the Vicente Calderon. Among them, the most important of the likes of Filipe Luis and Jackson Martinez. Both will provide excellent quality along with experience that will be necessary in order to win the league title once again. Atletico failure to put up any sort of a title defence has led to the club splashing out on several players. It remains to be seen if they can once again upset the odds by overthrowing both Barcelona and Real Madrid at the same time.
The arrival of Martinez means that Torres is likely to continue as the reserve striker.”In football, the most dangerous month is August. We have to be on full alert at all times. Let’s hope nothing unexpected happens. As far as we are concerned the squad is 99% closed.[The squad] will be [100% closed] from midnight on August 31. Until the transfer market closes, you can’t say anything. August always makes me feel nervous. It worries me a lot,” said Simeone. The Spanish league season gets underway this weekend with Atletico taking on Las Palmas in the opening game of the campaign.