The charm of Leicester City is in their small, tight knit squad. But like a small business rapidly expanding to meet demand, there are concerns of how that character would scale across multiple competitions. After their win over Copenhagen, Ranieri emphasized the Champions League over domestic play.
Despite his penchant for the dramatics, Sergio Ramos' value is told in the organization, the leadership, the way he handles criticism, and the little things that don't necessarily win or lose a match as obviously as giving away penalties or scoring off headers, but are essential in keeping a backline and team moving forward throughout an entire season.
Las Palmas' entertaining style and goals have won them newfound accolades and attention. The fact that they do so on a budget reopens the age-old debate of buying players versus developing them.
Early this season, we're beginning to see the player Mauro Icardi can become, not just as a poacher but a captain who inspires his teammates. It's already been a long and interesting path for a 23-year-old.
It is significant Diego Simeone stayed to bridge the eras in club history. After all, Simeone cannot manage Atleti forever, but the memories will sustain for decades in their new stadium. For now, the Champions League is the only trophy that eludes him and his side.