Luis Suarez's arrival, Joao Felix's improved performances and Marcos Llorente's emergence as a new attacking axis for Atletico Madrid has helped Diego Simeone put together one of the most efficient offensive tridents in European football.
The Argentine coach has gradually transformed Atletico from a compact defensive team into an attractive group that has netted as many as 17 goals in seven LaLiga Santander games so far this season.
A job that is now more than fulfilled
In 2020/21, Simeone has not only succeeded to rejuvenate Atletico's attack, but has also moved Marcos Llorente upfront to form a trident alongside Suarez and Joao Felix.
With around one quarter of the season already played, Atletico Madrid rub shoulders with the rest of Europe's powerhouses in scoring figures. In fact, in comparison to certain big teams, Los Rojiblancos' numbers are extraordinary.
Real Madrid's attack, one which consists of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio or Rodrygo Goes, averages 1.75 goals in LaLiga Santander, while Manchester City score 1.43 goals per game.
Neither Barcelona nor Liverpool better Atletico's numbers, as only four teams have finer scoring ratios than Simeone's side. Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich dominate their leagues with 2.6 and 2.7 goals per game respectively, while Chelsea average 2.5 goals in the Premier League and Atalanta 2.57 in the Serie A.
The Suarez-Felix-Llorente trident already scares opponents
There are just a few more effective tridents in Europe despite the fact that this is their first season together and Llorente is not playing in his natural position. Only four teams have more effective attacking tridents that Atletico.
Tottenham Hotspur's forwards Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Son Heung-minhave managed 24 goals between them, followed by Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry (22).
Sadio Mane, Mohame Salah and Roberto Firmino have scored 18 goals for Liverpool, while Borussia Dortmund trident of Erling Haaland, Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho have netted 16 goals in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Atletico come fifth in the list as Joao Felix, Llorente and Suarez have already netted 16 goals this season. Los Rojiblancos are followed by Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSG, Juventus, Barcelona and Inter.
Source: Marca / Gorka Grande - Panos Kostopoulos