Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda believes that his side have coped with the losses of new Chelsea stars Diego Costa and Filipe Luis.
The duo played a huge part in Los Colchoneros's recent success and helped the club lift a host of trophies over the past three seasons – including their first La Liga title since 1995 in 2014.
With success, however, attracts the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs, and the lure of Stamford Bridge and the financial gains at the Blues left coach Diego Simeone with little choice but to look for adequate replacements.
15 new players have joined the Spanish outfit the summer, and an impressive €115 million has been spent in order to challenge both Real Madrid and Barcelona once again this season.
Diego Costa, who scored 36 goals in all competitions last season, has been replaced by Mario Mandzukic, whereas Luis’s consistency at left-back has been swapped by the dynamism of Guilherme Siquiera. Antoine Griezmann, Raul Jimenez and Alessio Cerci have also been signed by Atletico.
Asked by the Spanish publication AS whether the club are struggling without his former teammates at the Vicente Calderon, centre-back Miranda responded: “No I don’t think so, the club have made some great signings.
“Siquiera is a player who has Filipe Luis’s level. I bet that he serves us well and makes us happy. In defence we have the same dynamics as before and with each passing game we will feel even better.”
Costa has started life in the Premier League in style, netting four goals in three games and helping Jose Mourinho’s side top the table going into the first international break.
Luis, on the other hand, has yet to win a regular place in the starting line-up and faces strong competition from Spanish international full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.