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athletical can win la liga by Diamondwriter(m) : 7:02 am
On Jan 02, 2014
considering their form,they could be a threat for the title, it won't be easy though.
It would be "stupid" not to think
Atletico Madrid can end Real
Madrid and Barcelona's decade-
long stranglehold on the La
Liga title this season, coach
Diego Simeone was quoted as saying on
Atletico are level at the top with champions
Barca on 46 points with just under half the
season played, with Real five further back in
With La Liga's leading marksman Diego Costa
in scintillating form, the capital's second club
are in a strong position to match Valencia's
feat from 2004 of denying Spain's wealthy big
two the domestic title.
Argentine Simeone, who has transformed the
club since taking over at the end of 2011 and
led them to a King's Cup triumph against Real
last season, told Italy's Il Giornale daily that
one of his wishes for 2014 was the La Liga
"It would be stupid not to think about it,
above all looking at the standings," he told
However, the health of his three sons was the
most important thing, added the 43-year-old,
who spent part of his playing career at Serie A
sides Inter Milan and Lazio.
He also had two stints at Atletico and was
part of the side that won a league and cup
double in 1996.
As well as riding high in La Liga, Atletico are
through to the last 16 of the Champions
League, where they will play AC Milan.
They will meet Valencia over two legs in the
last 16 of the King's Cup, with the first leg at
the Mestalla on Jan 7. and the return at the
Calderon a week later.
Atletico have yet to play Barca in La Liga but
beat Real 1-0 at the Bernabeu in September,
their first league victory against their bitter
city rivals in more than a decade.
source ; supersport.com
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