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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
Venue
Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (Getafe)
Attendance
12100

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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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 14 +25 34
2 14 +19 28
3 14 +5 27
4 14 +17 25
5 14 +9 23
6 14 +4 23
7 14 +3 23
8 14 +2 21
9 14 -2 21
10 14 +3 20
11 14 +2 20
12 14 +0 19
13 14 -3 17
14 14 -11 15
15 14 -14 14
16 14 -6 13
17 14 -7 12
18 14 -13 12
19 14 -17 8
20 14 -16 7

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