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Have Atletico Madrid practically won La Liga already this season?

Atletico Madrid are in cruise control as they currently sit on top of the La Liga table with a 10 point lead over their arch-rivals.

The last time Atletico Madrid were crowned champions of Spain was back in the 2013/14 season when Diego Simeone guided them to their 10th La Liga title. Since then, the Red and Whites of Madrid have had their fair share of ups and downs by reaching the UEFA Champions League finals on two occasions and then also winning the UEFA Europa League and Super Cup on one occasion.

As of now, with half the season underway, it seems like Atleti will end their seven-year La Liga trophy drought. Los Rojiblancos currently have a 10 point lead over Real Madrid and Barcelona and still have a game in hand which can further extend their lead by 13 points. Although it is still early to make a decision on whether the league has been won already or not, however, the Reds of Madrid seem to be favourites.

Both Madrid and Barcelona are growing through a rough patch, the latter seems to be in a better position currently but are still miles below Atletico Madrid. Both the Spanish giants have managed to drop points against the weaker oppositions in the league which has turned out to be a boost for Atleti in their bid to win the league.

Los Rojiblancos are still left to face Real on home soil and the Catalans at Camp Nou, and even if they do drop points in both the fixtures then it would only reduce the deficit by six points which certainly would not be enough.

Players such as Luis Suarez, Kieran Trippier, Marcos Llorente, Mario Hermoso, and Jan Oblak have been instrumental for Diego Simeone this season in La Liga. Suarez in fact has turned out to be an absolute gem of a signing for the Madrid-based side. The former Liverpool striker struck twice against Cadiz to secure a 2-4 win to extend their lead on top of the table.

As of now, El Cholo’s side are steamrolling in the Spanish league. If they continue this way then it is certain that La Liga is theirs for the 11th time. Meanwhile, Atleti also have their eyes fixed on the UEFA Champions League as they prepare to take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea soon in the Round of 16.