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Simeone calls for Atleti focus

12 April 2014 16:29

Diego Simeone has urged Atletico Madrid to re-focus on La Liga after the euphoria of their UEFA Champions League win over Barcelona.

Atletico reached their first semi-final of the continent's premier club competition since 1973-74 with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Barca at a raucous Vicente Calderon on Wednesday, with Koke's early volley proving enough to earn a 2-1 aggregate success.

Simeone's side, who will face Chelsea in the Champions League last four later this month, remain on course for a remarkable double, as they sit a point clear of Barca and three ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with six games left.

Their next domestic assignment comes in the form of a trip to relegation-threatened neighbours Getafe on Sunday.

Cosmin Contra's team are on a dismal run of form, collecting just one win in their last 18 league fixtures to leave them in 18th place. Atleti, meanwhile, have reeled off six league wins in a row, conceding just once in that sequence.

However, despite their contrasting recent fortunes, Simeone has insisted that his players must concentrate fully on the clash at Coliseum Alfonso Perez - where they have failed to win on their last five visits - and not let their thoughts wander to their glamour tie with Chelsea.

"We are competing very well in La Liga - as I have always said, La Liga has been very important for us since the start of the season," said the Argentinian.

"Tomorrow we'll face a difficult game, Getafe have things to play for as well. We know them - every time they play against us they make a huge effort.

"It will be a competitive match, and we are only focused on this, so we hope to respond in the best way.

"They (Getafe) can feel a bit anxious because of their situation, but at the same time motivated to play Atletico. I expect a dangerous rival."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
13 April 2014
Game week
33
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 2

Goals

0 - 1
40' D. Godín
 (assist by Juanfran)
0 - 2
84' Diego Costa
 (assist by Adrián)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
2 25'
15
3
12
22
7 51' 65'
14
17
24 22'
9
Coach: C. Contra
# Player Bookings
13
23
20
3
2 16' 40'
14
4
8
6
9 45'
19 66' 76' 84'
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7
21
11
1
5
12
24

Tuesday 3 March

Monday 2 March

23:38
23:37
23:04
22:54
21:53
21:27
21:11
20:55
19:34
19:26
19:01
18:57
18:44
18:22
18:08
18:00
17:50
17:46
17:33
17:32
17:13
17:09
16:45
16:34
16:32
16:30
16:15
16:12
15:40
15:29
15:29
15:26
15:23
15:22
15:08
14:04
13:55
13:43
13:13
12:51
12:29
12:20
11:39
11:30
11:09
10:52
10:07
09:51
09:36
09:34
06:58
05:54
04:56
04:49
04:47
02:43
02:13
02:09
02:07
01:30
00:50
00:30
00:10

Sunday 1 March

23:44
23:34
23:08
22:55
22:50
22:10
21:56
21:23
20:53
20:31
20:16
19:48
19:38
19:25
19:11
18:52
18:52
18:35
17:58
17:58
17:37
17:17
17:08
17:02
16:42
16:06
15:50
15:20
15:19
15:07
14:57
14:42
13:51
13:47
11:07
10:57
10:22
09:58
09:46
09:11
07:35
05:44
05:40
05:20
03:57
02:21
01:57
00:20

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 25 +52 61
2 25 +55 59
3 25 +28 54
4 25 +24 53
5 25 +12 46
6 25 +16 45
7 25 +0 41
8 25 +1 32
9 25 -4 32
10 25 -9 30
11 25 -15 29
12 25 -8 27
13 25 -9 27
14 25 -13 26
15 25 -18 25
16 25 -17 24
17 25 -23 24
18 25 -27 22
19 25 -24 19
20 25 -21 18

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