Valencia striker Aritz Aduriz has declared that his side must get three points against Atletico Madrid on Sunday but is expecting a tough test at the Vicente Calderon.
The Spanish hitman scored a brace against Racing Santander last weekend but a late goal from the hosts meant that Los Che dropped points in a 2-2 draw.
The former Mallorca attacker is keen to get back to winning ways in the Spanish capital and feels that Los Colchoneros are direct competitors for a top-four finish in La Liga.
"We need the three points," the 30-year-old stated in a pre-match press conference.
"It is going to be a very difficult game, looking at the magnificent results that have come their way since Diego Simeone took charge.
"They are one of our direct rivals, so the visit to the Calderon will be a nice spectacle but a difficult match."
The game will be played at 2130CET, which has sparked controversy due to the poor weather conditions, but Aduriz is focused on the game.
"The start time is what it is. We just want to get back to winning ways and continue as high up the table as possible," he insisted.
"We had a considerable advantage a month ago that has been reduced, so we need to pick up our pace and establish some distance again.
"We have been shipping goals from dead balls and letting in late strikes, which do a lot of damage, leading to dropped points. We are working hard to improve and not concede that way again."