Previous
LAFC
Borussia Dortmund
2:00 AM UTC May 23, 2018
Game Details
North Carolina FC
Ocean City Nor'easters
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Next

SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Barcelona 28 9 1 93
2 Atletico 23 10 5 79
3 Real Madrid 22 10 6 76
View Full Table »
Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid
EibarEibar
2
2
FT
Game Details

Read

Transfer Rater: Sime Vrsaljko to Man United

Football Whispers
Read

Atletico Madrid ready to challenge Barcelona for La Liga title - Cerezo

Following Atletico Madrid's exit from Copa del Rey, the FC crew evaluate their inconsistency this season and Diego Simeone's standing at the club.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said his team will "battle to the end" after a weekend in which they cut the gap to seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Barcelona's phenomenal start to the season, along with regular slips from reigning champions Real Madrid, had Barca coach Ernesto Valverde fielding questions about his team already having won the trophy even before the season reached its halfway point.

However, Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Getafe, following last weekend's 1-1 draw at Espanyol, has offered some hope of a close title race -- especially after nearest challengers Atletico won 1-0 at bottom side Malaga on Saturday thanks to Antoine Griezmann's early goal.

Atletico's 52 points from 23 games is the second-best tally of Diego Simeone's six seasons in charge and has only been surpassed when they won the title in 2013-14, while the nine goals conceded so far by goalkeeper Jan Oblak is the joint-best in La Liga history.

Cerezo told AS that Atletico could improve their position still further if they won at the Camp Nou on March 4.

"We will keep battling until the end," Cerezo said. "We still have to play Barcelona. It will be very interesting."

Speaking after Saturday's game, Simeone was less keen to promote the idea that a real title race was developing again.

"We do not look at the opponents. We just stick to our own path, trying to improve on last season," Simeone said. "We are relaxed, and know that we must play better."

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.