08 Jul 2021 4:44 PM +00:00

How La Liga champions Atletico Madrid could look in FIFA 22

Los Rojiblancos had an incredible season, beating the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona to the title with stern defensive performances. Their side had shown spirit, epitomised by their comeback against Real Valladolid on the final day of the season to clutch the trophy.

The players showed why they deserve to be recognised as some of the best in the world, and now it’s time to assess how they will be ranked in FIFA 22.

We’re sure that Jan Oblak will be amongst the game’s top-ranked shot-stoppers, but how will the rest of the squad rate?

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Jan Oblak (91→92)

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THE WALL- Oblak let in the lowest number of goals last term

Without a doubt Atletico would not have won La Liga without Jan Oblak.

The Slovenian keeper had kept 18 clean sheets in 38 league games, conceding just 25 goals all season. Oblak had saved 2 last minute penalties, leading to vital victories Alaves and Elche in the run in.

We are predicting a rise to 92 overall, this due to his consistency and key performances on Atletico’s route to the league.

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Luis Suarez (87→87)

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FINE WINE- Suarez enjoyed a renaissance last season

When Barcelona let Luis Suarez join their rivals last summer, they didn’t think the worst would happen… but it did.

The 33-year-old rolled back the years and was the driving force Simeone needed upfront. The Uruguayan was the top scorer for Los Rojiblancos with 21 league goals. Strikes including the winners against Osasuna and Valladolid to clinch the league showed that Suarez is still prolific.

Despite having a phenomenal season, we expect “El Pistolero” to be phased out for much of the next campaign. However, he’s still one of the best finishers in the world and because of this we think he will maintain his 87 rating for FIFA 22.

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Koke (85→87)

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HERO- It's been a fairy tale season for Atletico's midfielder

The local lad came good.

Koke, born in Madrid and an Atleti fan his whole life, enjoyed their league success more than anyone. Adored by fans, the Spaniard is the beating heart and passion of the team.

Due to his performances in the league as well as his part in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad during the Euros, we predict an 87 overall for Koke, with the defensive midfielder truly at the peak of his career.

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Kieran Trippier (83→85)

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ENGLAND HERO- Trippier has been involved in both of England's semi finals under Southgate

La Liga winner, Euros 2020 finalist. Not a bad season for the boy from Bury.

The 30-year-old featured 28 times for the Madrid based side and tallied 6 assists last season. Strong performances in the Euros have also shown his flexibility, playing left-back for Gareth Southgate in England’s opening game against Croatia.

We expect Trippier’s rating to rise to 84 overall due to domestic and international success this season, especially if England win the Euros.

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Marcos Llorente (82→85)

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TANK- Llorente has been pivotal in he Atleti's tough team

When Marcos Llorente scored his brace against Liverpool at Anfield back in 2020, we knew he was special.

Since then the Spaniard has grown under Simeone and has been one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. Llorente fired in 12 goals and provided 13 assists in La Liga last season, playing as a midfielder or false 9. However, Spain boss Luis Enrique deployed Llorente at right-back during the Euros, showing his determination to play.

We think the 26-year-old will get a big boost in FIFA 22 and has earned an 85 overall due to the threat he has provided last season from all over the pitch.

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Jose Gimenez (84→85)

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GIMME, GIMME, GIMME!- The Uruguayan has been a rock at the back!

This season, Jose Gimenez has gone from understudy to leader.

When Diego Godin left Madrid for Inter Milan 2 summers ago, questions were raised on whether his team mate and fellow countryman would be able to fill his compatriot’s boots. This season, Gimenez has established a name for himself as a world class defender as Atleti lifted their first league title since 2014.

Having been hit with injury this season, we feel the Uruguayan won’t get as high a boost in rating. Although the matches he has been involved in has seen his qualities shine.

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Yannick Carrasco (82→84)

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CARRAS-GO- The rapid winger has turned his career around this season

It’s fair to say that Yannick Carrasco has had an incredible career turnaround.

When the Belgian joined Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional in 2018, most pundits thought his career had lulled. However, since resigning permanently with Los Rojiblancos at the start of last season, Carrasco has been a revelation. The winger has provided 10 assists in a landmark season, earning the fans love.

Still just 27, we hope there’s more to come from the player who has gone from the outcast to the lynchpin in attack for Simeone.

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Angel Correa (82→84)

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STELLAR- The Argentine midfielder has proved a point this season

This season has shown a real rise in quality and responsibility from the tenacious Angel Correa.

The Argentinian forward has had his best goal scoring season since his arrival to the Spanish Capital. His link up play on the right with Kieran Trippier has paid dividends as too has his relationship with striker Luis Suarez, scoring 9 and assisting 8 in La Liga.

With Correa being one of the stand out stars for Atletico this season, we expect his rating to go up to 84 overall.

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Renan Lodi (81→83)

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RENAN CARLOS- Brazil and left backs. Name a better combination.

He may not be a household name (yet) but Renan Lodi is making strides on the left for Brazil.

The left back played a big part in Atletico’s title charge. Under Simeone’s tutelage this season, the Brazilian has worked on his defending ability and forced his way into Tite’s Brazil Squad.

Lodi has played all 180 minutes of Brazil’s Copa America knockout games and helped them into the final. We feel he will surely be rewarded with an upgrade to defensive stats with these displays.

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Joao Felix (81→80)

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GOLDEN BOY- Despite flashes of brilliance the forward has been hit by injuries

When Joao Felix was signed for €113 million, many were asking whether he would live up to the hype.

However, at the start of last season, the Portuguese forward kickstarted Los Rojiblancos push to the title. In the first 7 La Liga games he scored 5 goals and set up 3 before injury.

These injuries saw his form dip towards the title run-in where it really mattered, with Simeone using him sparingly to protect him from injury. Because of this we feel as though he will suffer in the ratings, dropping to 80 Overall.

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