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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

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23:46
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23:24
23:19
22:58
22:48
22:02
21:49
19:51
19:49
19:01
17:44
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17:05
16:59
16:58
16:28
16:17
16:00
15:43
14:47
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11:33
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00:57
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23:49
23:03
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21:31
21:24
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20:11
19:45
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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