Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Lazio, and Lyon are the four teams that can win the Europa League. With the round of 16 beginning Thursday the competition for a spot in next season’s Champions League heats up.
The most likely club to win the Europa League also boast the best player in the competition. Antoine Griezmann has tallied 20 goals and 10 assists in all competitions and isn’t the only goal scoring threat for Diego Simeone’s squad. Atletico also have Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, and Angel Correra as viable goal scoring threats. The Europa League presents another opportunity for Griezmann and Atletico to win a trophy;if Atletico want to keep Griezmann they will need to start winning some more silverware. Atletico can also but the clamps on teams defensively; they have recorded 24 clean sheets so far this season.
Lokomotiv Moscow await Atletico in the round of 16. This is a favorable match-up for Atletico as they avoided fellow heavyweights Arsenal, Dortmund, Milan, Lyon, and Lazio. They should dispatch the Russian side with ease and I expect them to get to the final without much opposition. If Griezmann, Costa, and company are banging in the goals and Jan Oblak and the backline are playing up to Simeone’s standard Atletico will be the team to beat in the competition.