Simeone prepared for tough end to title race

13 May 2021 19:11:23 GMTPlus10

Diego Simeone says La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid are not getting ahead of themselves after their tense 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

Atletico are 1.20 to win their first La Liga title since 2013-14, Real Madrid are 4.33 and Barcelona can be backed at 51.00.

However, Simeone insists the title race will go down to the wire and he is fully focused on Sunday's home game against Osasuna.

Atletico are four points clear of Barca, who were held to a 3-3 draw at Levante on Tuesday, although Real will move to within two points of their city rivals if they win their game in hand away to Granada on Thursday.

Atletico knew that a victory over Real Sociedad would take them one step closer to the title after a weekend during which they drew 0-0 with Barca and Real shared a 2-2 draw with fourth-placed Sevilla.

The Madrid men made the perfect start at the Wanda Metropolitano as goals from Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa put them 2-0 up inside half an hour. However, Igor Zubeldia's 83rd-minute strike for the visitors set up a nervous end to the game and Simeone was relieved to seal the win.

Speaking to Marca after the game, the Atleti boss said: "We knew we had to win against an opponent who away from home does things very well.

"Their goal made us really suffer in those last few minutes. We need to rest. It's been a very tough season and it's going to be tough until the end. We continue, game by game, knowing Sunday will be another important and difficult game."

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