Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has branded La Liga "a boring championship" due to Barcelona and Real Madrid's domination.
Los Colchoneros finished third in Spain last term to only the Clasico duo and capped a brilliant campaign with triumph in the Copa del Rey against their city rivals.
However, when asked whether his side could muster a title challenge this time out, the Argentine was quick to lament the two giants' domestic dominance.
"No, I absolutely do not," the 43-year-old told reporters. "Madrid and Barcelona play a different league. This is a boring championship.
"We'll have to wait for television distribution to change because now the league is only between two teams."
Two of Atletico's next three games are against Barca - which conquered Levante 7-0 on Sunday - in the Supercopa de Espana, either side of a clash with Rayo Vallecano.