La Liga: Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya has warned opponents not to take his side lightly
Last Updated: 14/08/14 6:00pm
New Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya has warned opponents not to expect the Primera Division champions to be a softer touch next season even though they have lost a host of key players this summer.
Atletico won their first Spanish title since 1996 and also reached the Champions League final last term but coach Diego Simeone will have to do without the likes of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois, David Villa and Adrian Lopez next season following a summer of major change at the Vicente Calderon.
However, Moya, who is one of a number of new faces that include Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandzukic, Jan Oblak and Raul Jimenez, has been impressed with what he has seen so far during pre-season and believes the new-look Rojiblancos will be a tough nut to crack again next term.
The 30-year-old, whose side have conceded just two goals in pre-season, told a press conference: "Defensive strength is one of the team's characteristics. There are practically no cracks in the team; that reduces the amount of chances our opponents have.
"The team's way of playing is very well ingrained, the backbone of the team is still here and the concepts are very clear."
The former Getafe and Valencia keeper has also welcomed the rivalry from Slovenia international Oblak as they vie to take the place of Courtois, who returned to parent club Chelsea this summer after three hugely successful seasons on loan at Atletico.
"Jan has come back in good shape, eager, with intensity, with strength and from close by I see he's doing well. The rivalry will be healthy and clean," Moya said.