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Simeone: Torres helps Griezmann shine

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is delighted with the partnership Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres have formed, stating the latter's hard work allows the Frenchman to shine.

After a Mikel Gonzalez own goal, Griezmann took his league tally for the season to 16 as Atletico extended their unbeaten streak in the top flight to seven matches with a win over Real Sociedad on Tuesday.

The run has kept Atletico's bid for a top-three finish alive, with Simeone left impressed by the understanding between the two absence of the injured Mario Mandzukic.

"Griezmann's back scoring, which is exactly what we needed from him and he worked for the team," Simeone told reporters.

"We're delighted that he is back among the goals and I hope he continues this upward trajectory. He's got a lot ahead of him; he's still only young.

"Torres is also looking good to me. He's working at what the team needs.

"He makes the rival defenders work harder and that frees up Griezmann, because most of the attention is on him."

Atletico now lead fourth-placed Valencia by four points, having played a game more than Nuno Espirito Santo's side, with Sevilla also in the chasing pack.

"A few teams have been fairly consistent this season," Simeone added.

"Sevilla are winning their games and that means that securing third place is going to be very complicated.

"Now Valencia are obliged to win in against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday. Every matchday is a final now and nothing will be decided until the last day."