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Simeone wary of Valenca threat

26 April 2014 15:16

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone expects Valencia to pose a different kind of challenge to Chelsea when they meet on Sunday.

The men from the Spanish capital were held to a goalless draw by Jose Mourinho's charges in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final in midweek, with the return match set to take place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

However, Simeone insists he is focused solely on this weekend's fixture with Valencia, as Atleti look to remain on course for the La Liga title.

"We always want to win and obviously when you get ready for a match and you don't win, you can not feel the happiness 100 per cent," he said. "It’s not the same when you draw or you win.

"The Chelsea match was five days ago and we will talk about Chelsea again after Valencia.

"Thinking about Valencia I have to say (it) is a different match ... but we have to be strong ourselves.

"We are depending on us and we will go to Valencia to try to keep the same level of performance and same identity and to try to do a good match at a really difficult stadium."

Atleti are currently four points clear of second-placed Barcelona in La Liga, with Real Madrid, who have a game in hand, a further two points back in third.

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Competition
Primera División
Date
27 April 2014
Game week
35
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Attendance
35000

Goals

0 - 1
43' Raúl García
 (assist by Gabi)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
20
22
19
12
15 86'
21
31
7 37'
2
16
Coach: Pizzi
# Player Bookings
13
23
20 90+1'
3
2 70'
5
14
8 43'
6
9
19
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
17 90'
8
28
3
11
45
25
# Player Bookings
10
24
12
1
4
7
21

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +42 39
2 16 +34 38
3 16 +17 35
4 16 +16 31
5 16 +13 30
6 15 +8 30
7 16 +5 30
8 16 -1 20
9 16 -3 20
10 16 -4 20
11 16 -6 19
12 16 -8 17
13 16 -14 17
14 16 -5 15
15 16 -18 15
16 16 -11 13
17 16 -14 13
18 16 -16 13
19 16 -16 11
20 16 -19 10

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