The body of the 2015-16 La Liga season is barely cold, but yesterday UEFA published its La Liga "dream team" for the 2015-16 season. In addition to being something else to distract oneself ahead of next Saturday's Champions League final (if one wishes to not vomit from the excitement), it also serves as a referendum on a very successful league season for Atlético Madrid. No other side featured more inclusions in this XI than Atlético's five: Jan Oblak, Juanfran, Diego Godín, Filipe Luís and Antoine Griezmann.
Oblak was an easy choice for the league's top goalkeeper as the Slovene won the Zamora Trophy by conceding just 18 times over 38 games - tying the league record set by Deportivo's Francisco Liaño in 1993-94. While Oblak has emerged rapidly as arguably the top young goalkeeper in Europe, it never hurts to play in front of a back four which had three of its members selected for inclusion.
Juanfran was recognized for another remarkably steady season in both defense and attack and the Spanish international remains the division's archetypal right-back. In the center, Diego Godín's inclusion was almost as obvious as Oblak's. There can be no argument as to the 30-year-old's ability and influence; he is not only the best center-back in La Liga but in all of Europe, and despite scoring only one header in league play he may have put in his best season yet. Filipe Luís overcame some poor form in the early months upon his return from Chelsea to become an essential component of the team, stabilizing a weak position from the 2014-15 season and making it his once again. A top-drawer left-back.
The final Atlético player in the XI, of course, had to be Antoine Griezmann. The team's leading scorer for the second year running, Griezmann notched 22 goals and continued his evolution into Atleti's talisman and one of the best forwards on the continent. So often this season, the team went as he went, and he is poised for a big EURO 2016 after the Champions League final.
Speaking of the Euros, this is not the only selection news we'll be covering today at Into the Calderón. In mere moments, Vicente del Bosque will name his Spain squad for this summer and while Juanfran and Koke will be in it, questions remain for Saúl Ñíguez and Fernando Torres.