While most football fans drool over their Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Sunderland boss reckons Diego Simeone’s team are the real deal.
Big Sam’s Black Cats have kept three clean sheets in four games to give their survival prospects a huge boost.
They head for out-of-sorts Stoke on Saturday having climbed out of the drop zone following their goalless draw at home to Arsenal.
And according to Allardyce, shutting out the opposition isn’t just the key to avoiding relegation, it can go a long way towards winning Europe’s biggest prize too.
He said: “Everybody goes on about goals, goals and more goals but if you want the perfect example, you take Atletico Madrid, who have a superbly drilled team which is a breath of fresh air today.
“The more goals you concede ultimately results in the bottom three, not the more goals you score.