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The Los Rojiblancos went top of the Spanish league over the weekend but Real Madrid and Barcelona will not be easy to shake off

Barcelona's loss over the weekend proved title rivals Atletico Madrid's gain as they took advantage to go three points clear at the top of the La Liga table.

Lionel Messi was on the scoresheet but Valencia pulled off an incredible 3-2 win at Camp Nou on Saturday to hand the Catalans their first home defeat in the league this season, and second overall. Atletico compounded their misery by routing Real Sociedad 4-0 on Monday to pull ahead with 22 games played so far.

The good fortune continued for Diego Simeone and his men when Real Madrid could only stumble to a 1-1 away draw at Athletic Bilbao, leaving them behind Barcelona on goal difference in third.


                 Can Diego Costa and co hold off Real and Barcelona to win La Liga this season?

Atletico are bidding to win their first league title since 1996, having ended last season third. They have emerged as one of the most exciting and improved sides in Europe in recent years, with Simeone moulding them into a slick attacking unit.

The majority of Goal Singapore readers have tipped Atletico to go on and win La Liga this season, with 59.7% believing that they can fend off the powerful duo of Real and Barcelona, who have shared the past nine titles.

With the likes of Diego Costa, David Villa, Koke, Arda Turan and Thibaut Courtois, one would not bet against Atletico from prevailing come the end of the season.

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Atletico Madrid went three points clear at the top over the weekend. Can they win La Liga?

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