3. Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid been on everyone’s radar since their improbable La Liga win in 2014, and remain one of Europe’s toughest teams. Following their Europa League triumph, they’ll be among the favorites for next year’s Champions League.
Enter Hazard, who will be coached by one of the best in the world. Simeone has gotten the best out of his squad, especially this season considering how little depth they have. Atletico are in need of a pacy, tricky winger since Yannick Carrasco left for China.
Moreover, he’ll be reunited with former Blues teammate Diego Costa. Hazard will be encouraged to see Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez as the center-back, proud defenders confident of keeping clean sheets every time they play. And don’t be surprised if Simeone turns Hazard into a striker the way he converted Antoine Griezmann from a winger to central striker.
Finances could be an issue, but if possible Atletico should go all-in on the Belgian. In arguably the most difficult league in the world having to keep pace with Barcelona and Real Madrid, Hazard could be tempted by the challenge. He could be just the guy to put the Rojiblancos over the top in both the league and Europe.