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Football: Stupid not to think Atletico can win La Liga, says Simeone

Published on Dec 30, 2013 11:22 PM

MADRID (REUTERS) - It would be "stupid" not to think Atletico Madrid can end Real Madrid and Barcelona's decade-long stranglehold on the La Liga football title this season, coach Diego Simeone was quoted as saying on Monday.

Atletico are level at the top with champions Barca on 46 points with just under half the season played, with Real five further back in third.

With La Liga's leading marksman Diego Costa in scintillating form, the capital's second club are in a strong position to match Valencia's feat from 2004 of denying Spain's wealthy big two the domestic title.

Argentinian Simeone, who has transformed the club since taking over at the end of 2011 and led them to a King's Cup triumph against Real last season, told Italy's Il Giornale daily that one of his wishes for 2014 was the La Liga crown.

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