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Costa raring to go ahead of Barca clash

15 May 2014 16:08

Diego Costa is fit and ready to be unleashed for Atletico Madrid's La Liga title decider at Barcelona on Saturday.

That is according to team-mate Miranda, who has allayed fears Atletico's top scorer could miss their crucial trip to Camp Nou.

Diego Simeone's table-toppers travel to Catalunya for their final league game of the season three points clear of second-placed Barca, knowing a draw would be enough to claim their first Liga title since 1996.

Should they avoid defeat this weekend, Atleti will secure the first part of a potentially historic double, with the capital club set to face neighbours and arch-rivals Real Madrid in next Saturday's UEFA Champions League final.

There had been concern that Costa - who has scored 36 goals in all competitions this season - could be absent for their season-defining week after he missed last Sunday's 1-1 draw with Malaga due to a hamstring problem.

However, the 25-year-old - who was named in Spain's provisional 30-man squad for the FIFA World Cup earlier this week - is now back in training and, according to Miranda, is desperate to fire Atleti to glory.

"He's raring to play - he knows how important this is to us and he'll be on form to do his stuff," Marca quotes the Brazilian as saying on Thursday.

Barca will retain their Liga crown with a win on Saturday, as that result would give them a superior head-to-head record over Atletico.

But Simeone's side have held something of a hoodoo over the reigning champions this term, having won one and drawn four of their five meetings in the league, Champions League and Super Cup.

And Miranda is confident that Atleti are fully prepared to extend that unbeaten run this weekend.

"They'll come out strong and we will have to stay tight at the back because I'm sure we'll score a goal against them," he added.

"To beat Barcelona, we have to play with a lot of intensity, to play well physically. We've been preparing for it very well all week and will arrive 100 per cent ready."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
17 May 2014
Game week
38
Kick-off
18:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
96973

Goals

A. Sánchez 34'
(assist by L. Messi) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
49' D. Godín
 (assist by Gabi)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
22
21
3 5'
14 90'
4
8
16 45+3'
10 45+3'
9 34'
7
Coach: G. Martino
# Player Bookings
13
23
20
3 70'
2 36' 49'
5 37'
14
10
6
9
19
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
17 73'
11
6
15
18
20
25
# Player Bookings
7
8 90+2'
24
1
4
12
21

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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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