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Primera División

  • April 13, 2014
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe (Madrid)
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 12100

La Liga Preview: Getafe - Atletico Madrid

Fresh off knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, Diego Simeone's side will be intent on maintaining its lead at the top of La Liga.

Midfielder Tiago is eager to ensure Atletico Madrid is not brought back down to earth with a slip-up at Getafe on Sunday.

Diego Simeone's men, who hold a one-point advantage at the summit of La Liga, are riding the crest of a wave after defeating Barcelona — its nearest domestic rival — midweek to reach the semifinals of the Champions League.

Atletico can now look forward to a mouth-watering tie against Chelsea — coached by former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho — in the last four of Europe's premier club competition.

Yet Tiago, who played for the Blues under the Portuguese boss during the 2004-05 season, insists there is no danger of he and his teammates becoming sidetracked as they edge ever closer to a sensational double.

Atleti will be the clear favorite this weekend against a Getafe side in the relegation zone and boasting just one win in 17 matches in 2014, particularly as November's reverse fixture at Vicente Calderon ended in a 7-0 victory for the Liga leaders.

However, Getafe has avoided defeat in the last five occasions it has welcomed its city rival to Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

"We have a very difficult game on Sunday," Tiago said. "We are in a moment that the team cannot look at the other side. We look forward, we want to recover well [following Tuesday's victory over Barca] and be ready and prepared to arrive at Getafe and not think of anything more than the victory."

Atleti's second-leg triumph over Barca, sealed by Koke's early goal, was all the more impressive given that star striker Diego Costa was absent because of a hamstring injury. Playmaker Arda Turan also missed out with a groin problem and it remains to be seen whether either player will be fit to return Sunday as Atleti seeks to win a seventh league game in succession.

Jorge Sammir and Sergio Escudero, who are each recovering from injuries, trained separately from Getafe's squad earlier this week, while Jaime Gavilan (hamstring) is likely to miss out. And Getafe coach Cosmin Contra understands the size of the task facing his 18th-place team.

"We're playing against the best team in Spain right now," he said. "They're in good form, they will be euphoric and with huge confidence."

After belatedly claiming its first win of the year with a shock 3-1 victory at Valencia on March 30, Getafe suffered a painful 1-0 defeat against Elche last time out, courtesy of Richmond Boakye's late strike.

"The players are still a bit down with their morale, because we lost our last game against Elche in the last play of the game," Contra said. "There's no time to cry about it, though, and now we have give everything we’ve got and have faith we can do this [avoid relegation]. We have to give everything and be aggressive. That's the idea I’m trying to convey to the players."

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