Champions League 2015: Round of 16 2015
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One of the best parts of the year: Champions League time! Meet your Round of 16 competitors and get ready for the fun.
Atlético Madrid wants to prove their winning is not a fluke.
Last season, Atlético Madrid shocked the football world by not only reaching the Champions League final, but coming within seconds of defeating Real Madrid and lifting the trophy. But then came Sergio Ramos’ late goal, and Los Colchoneros ran out of gas in extra time. So they’re not here as defending champions, but that does little to take away from Atléti’s tremendous run last season. And considering their recent league performances – look past the loss to Celta Vigo, back to their 4-0 dismantling of Real Madrid – there’s no reason for Diego Simeone to believe he can’t take this team to the final once more. And just like a year ago, they’re defensively strong and insanely organized – positive traits for a knockout tournament.