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How Everton can learn from Atletico Madrid to take on big-spending neighbours

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Both occupy third place in the all-time league tables of their respective top flight divisions with Everton behind just Liverpool and Arsenal in England and Atletico trailing Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain.

So just what can the Blues learn from Atletico when it comes to taking on the neighbours and becoming a major force?

The mere mention of Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium might be enough to send a shiver down the spine of many an Evertonian given that it was the venue for Liverpool's sixth European Cup success on the first day of this month.

As observers who do not know their history may need reminding, Everton and Atletico boast a proud, rich and comparable heritage.

However, turning away from thoughts of the Champions League final, this corner of the Spanish capital might actually be able to offer the Blues some lessons when it comes to taking on a local rival with greater resources.

But while the Blues continue to try and work their way towards the business end of the Premier League, Atletico, for all their more illustrious neighbours' successes, have established themselves as a modern footballing power in recent years.

As author of  Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football  and  White Storm: 100 Years of Real Madrid , San Sebastian-based author Phil Ball is well-qualified to offer his take on the subject.
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