Simeone – There is no pressure

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is adamant that his players are not feeling the pressure as they look to beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to the La Liga title (Atletico Madrid 4/5 favs Primera Liga Outright).

Simeone’s side have slipped up in recent weeks and allowed Barcelona to come back into the title race, although Real have missed out on taking top spot after failing to beat both Valencia and Valladolid.

Atleti still remain in the box seat though and are looking to win their first league title since 1996, with Simeone a member of that squad as a player.

Los Colchoneros can be crowned champions if they beat Malaga on Sunday (Atleti 2/11, draw 6/1, Malaga 14/1 – Match Betting) and Barcelona lose to Elche, but they are up against it with Diego Costa a doubt while Diego Godin is suspended.

Simeone has admitted that Costa is slowly improving with his hamstring injury but is unsure of whether he will start, although he is adamant that his team are relaxed about the task at hand.

“There is no pressure, only responsibility,” he is quoted as saying by fourfourtwo.com

“This is a great moment. All of us who work in football want to reach important situations like this one.

“We will live the moment as we should and we will continue working in order to continue doing things well. Our way of playing has been based on the collective unit and the team for a long time.

“We need to keep going, without looking ahead and hoping. That is the best way to prepare for this period.

“Our future and destiny is marked out for us moving forward. We just need to do what we have to do.

“We will do some tests on him before the match to see whether he is ready.”

Atletico’s final match of the campaign could yet be the title-decider as Simeone’s men travel to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona, having recently knocked out the Catalans out of the Champions League.

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