Diego Simeone declared that Atletico Madrid are eyeing victory at Barcelona this weekend after beating Girona 2-0 on Tuesday.
Los Colchoneros kept their slim hopes of winning La Liga this season alive by defeating Girona at the Wanda Metropolitano following goals from Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann.
Now Atletico’s title credentials will be put on the line in this Saturday’s trip to Camp Nou, where they will take on rivals Barcelona.
The Blaugrana saw their lead cut down to eight points on Tuesday night following an incredible 4-4 draw at Villarreal. But, with eight games remaining, Barcelona remain favourites to win a fifth La Liga crown in seven seasons.
Therefore, Atletico manager Simeone is well aware that only three points at Barcelona will do if they are to maintain their challenge.
“We have to stay as high as we can. We will try to win [at Barcelona],” said Simeone, according to AOL.
“The important thing is that we are all together. Whether it’s a coach or a player, since I came to the club I have always seen that the important thing was that union.”
The Argentine was pleased with Atletico’s overall performance, despite a slow start to the match which saw the supporters stage a 12th-minute walk-in protest over the squad’s lack of appreciation after last month’s Champions League exit to Juventus.
“Except in the first part of the game, in which one of their strikers had a clear header, we were comfortable,” said Simeone.
“We had chances to score, hit the post, there was a possible penalty on Alvaro Morata, two or three shots from Griezmann. We felt that we were dangerous when we attacked.
“After the break we didn’t play well but our changes revitalised us. I think that was what brought us closer to the goal.
“They tried to counter-attack and wait for us to make a mistake and we tried to find the goal despite the limited spaces that we found. In the end, we found it though.”