ATLÉTICO MADRID

Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid Champions League final: Simeone's men

Jan Oblak

When Chelsea called an end to Thibaut Courtois’s three-year loan spell at the Calderón, most Atleti fans feared the Belgian’s departure would herald the end of the club’s rock-solid defence. How wrong they were. This season Oblak has been imperious. With 36 league appearances already under his belt, the Slovenian has only picked the ball out of his net 16 times and was instrumental in ensuring it was Simeone’s men and not Pep’s who made it to the San Siro final.

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Felipe Luis

Mr. Reliable himself. The Brazilian left back offers a healthy mixture of South American flair and defensive resilience. His season-long stint at Chelsea now seems like a distant memory.

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Diego Godin

The Uruguayan centre back is regarded as one of the best in the business, and with good reason. A totemic leader on the pitch who embodies his manager's footballing philosophy to a tee.

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Giménez

Had Oblak not saved Müller's penalty, the young Uruguayan might be hiding under a rock now. Putting that moment of madness aside though, Giménez has helped marshal European football's most impenetrable defence this season.

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Juanfran

The 31-year-old's ability to transition from defence to attack to defence again defies logic. His performances often go under the radar but his contribution to the team is monumental.

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Gabi

Gabi is Atleti's beating heart in the middle of the park and represents the team's grit and determination in spades.

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Augusto Fernández

The Argentinian caught Cholo's eye when both men were still at River Plate and has seamlessly slotted into the team since joining from Celta Vigo back in January. Sacrifice and selflessness in abundance. Watching him cover every blade of grass at the Allianz Arena was exhausting work in itself.

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Koke

The husky-voiced Spaniard's vision is often overlooked but his assists have been pivotal for Atlético.

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Saúl Ñíguez

Saúl is the most versatile player in Simeone's ranks. The 21-year-old has so much in his locker, it’s a wonder the hinges haven't come off yet. He can do a job as a defensive midfielder, as an out-and-out winger or behind the strikers. Oh, and let's not forget that goal against Bayern!

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Yannick Carrasco

Injuries and adjusting to a new league meant the Belgian took a while to get going but in recent months the ex-Monaco man has proved himself to be a reliable attacking outlet. Blistering pace, a penchant for wrong-footing defenders and a wicked shot have quickly turned him into crowd fave at the Calderón.

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Ángel Correa

The Argentinian spent last season sidelined after undergoing heart surgery but has now become a regular feature of the team. Atleti's high octane approach to the game requires busy bodies to come off the bench, and Correa is exactly that. Nippy and stout, the 21-year-old is a handful for defenders.

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Fernando Torres

There was a lot of scoffing when the Mattress Makers welcomed back El Niño and although he and the fans had to endure a painfully-long wait for his 100th goal for the club, the Torres of old has since awoken. The ex-Liverpool striker has found a rich vein of goalscoring form of late and provided the assist for Griezmann's all-important goal in Munich.

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Antoine Griezmann

Seven Champions League goals, including that tidy finish past Manuel Neuer at the Allianz, the Frenchman has taken the mantle as Atleti's sharpest gunslinger up front. Despite not possessing the physique of an out-and-out striker, the former Real Sociedad man keeps popping up on scoresheets and could well be the coolest head in world football when it comes to making one-on-one situations with the keeper count.

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Profe Ortega

Simeone is undoubtedly the general of the Atleti battalion but every army needs a drill sergeant. That’s where Óscar Ezequiel Ortega del Río comes in. It’s the Uruguayan fitness instructor/motivator who puts the players through their paces and instills Cholo's 'never say die' spirit on a daily basis.

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