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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

Wednesday 18 January

Tuesday 17 January

23:45
23:31
23:21
22:12
21:21
20:47
20:14
19:58
19:49
19:00
18:45
18:23
18:22
17:52
17:21
17:11
17:00
16:00
15:15
14:55
14:54
14:39
14:31
14:07
13:30
12:34
12:22
11:44
11:25
11:15
10:34
10:00
09:23
08:32
08:22
07:48
07:27
05:55
05:15
03:39
02:47
02:19
02:12
01:46
00:33

Monday 16 January

23:41
23:14
22:48
22:06
20:42
19:56
19:54
19:47
19:01
18:46
15:52
15:31
14:51
14:05
13:36
13:16
13:03
12:25
12:02
11:48
09:51
09:16
08:21
06:50
05:00
03:54
03:46
03:43
01:45
00:43
00:17
00:14

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 17 +30 40
2 18 +16 39
3 18 +30 38
4 18 +18 34
5 18 +5 32
6 18 +14 31
7 18 +3 28
8 18 -3 27
9 18 +1 26
10 18 -2 24
11 18 -3 23
12 18 -3 22
13 18 -5 21
14 18 -10 21
15 18 -5 18
16 18 -16 17
17 17 -7 16
18 18 -18 12
19 18 -24 10
20 18 -21 9

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