Despite Athletic Bilbao losing 2-1, Atletico Madrid continues to hold the lead in La Liga with 73 points, two more than Barcelona, ??and three more than Real Madrid and Sevilla.
But the Los Colchoneros championship first place could be lost on Thursday when Barca play the return challenge against Granada.
Although in Bilbao his team received a heavy blow that could cost the lead, Diego Simeone is confident that Atletico at the end of the season can celebrate as the title is still possible.
“The mental aspect is very important in this final phase of the championship. Emotional balance will be the key to approaching the champion title. In Spain Barcelona and Real Madrid usually win, except for 2011 and another year where we were close to victory. We had an advantage throughout the season, but we realized that Barcelona and Real had never been out of the race for the title, including Sevilla. I repeat, the strongest team mentally will win “, declared Simeone.
Simeone’s statements also relate to the fact that Atletico and Barca will face each other after 2 weeks at the Camp Nou.
While the good news for the red and whites has to do with the fact that in the match against Athletic Bilbao in the second half were activated the two stars of the team Luis Suarez and Joao Felix who have recovered from their respective injuries and could be the added strength of the team in the last 5 games.