In Spain, jubilation abound as Atletico Madrid defied the odds to be crowned La Liga Champions for the first time since 1996 when now manager Diego Simeone was the star of the team and in Italy, Juventus did what was predicted and expected all season by winning the Scudetto, only that they did it in style, winning every single home game and breaking the 100 points mark in Serie A.
We turn our attention quickly to both teams as they get ready for next season and we also look at what is expected to transpire over the summer break.
For Juventus who have not won the European Cup since 1997 that’s where attention would be, Antonio Conte has done a remarkable job since taking charge of the team, he came in with a plan which was to culminate in winning the Scudetto this season however he has surpassed that by winning the Seria A three times in a row but Juventus were very disappointed by their inability to proceed from the group stages of the Champions League and then failure to make it to the Europa League final on home turf having lost to Benfica in the semi finals.
For Atletico Madrid this is far from the case, no one expect Diego Simeone and his team to win La Liga not with the difference in spending power between themselves and the big two in Spain, but they did it even though the hard way. They could have won the title in the previous weekend had they defeated Malaga on home turf. However their loss was the fans gain as they witnessed high tension at the Nou Camp after Alexis Sanchez gave Barca the lead. The triumph is all the more amazing giving that the Colchoneros lost their best player in Radamel Falcao last season and then lost their most impressive players of the season in Diego Costa and Arda Turan in the first 25 minutes of the match at the Nou Camp.
This is what makes the future uncertain for both teams. Diego Costa has all but sealed a move to Chelsea even though he wont admit it yet and many others are sure to follow as agents look to cash in on their prized assets because quite frankly this sort of success might not happen again in a while most especially if you are not Diego Simeone. Borrusia Dortmund have not won the Bundesliga title since Bayern Munich re-established their dominance. Financially Atletico Madrid are in dire need of investments, Chief Executive Miguel Angel Gil informed Bloomberg that the clubs debt are now at 543 Milllion Euros and he has add to take out a mortgage on his own home to help out. After all they received more than 60 Million Euros for Falcao last season, revenue from this seasons Champions League will go to help offset tax arrears of 80 Million Euros. This shows how massive a job Simeone has done.
For Juventus, it’s a similar case but not in a desperate financial box like their Spanish counterparts and nothing but the Champions League would do next season which means they either have to strengthen massively or simply put Serie A on the back burner and concentrate fully on the Champions League like Lippi did during his time in charge of the old lady or like Milan did when Ancelloti was at the helm.
Fans however would have none of that and want the team to challenge on all fronts but Juve do not have the squad for that. Antonio Conte would have a lot to ponder over the next few weeks and decide if an agreement can be met with the club on future targets and where the club is headed.
2014/15 might well reveal more into the future of both teams but right now their respective successes must be enjoyed in full.
Viva Atletico! Forsa Juve!