Atletico Madrid may be at the top of La Liga, but their coach Diego Simeone is not getting carried away.
This season the Rojiblancos are looking genuine title contenders and with eight rounds of matches left, they are a point clear in pole position.
The Madrid outfit’s latest victory came on Wednesday when they got the better of Granada 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon, thanks to Diego Costa’s second-half goal.
Atletico’s home win coincided with their city-rivals Real Madrid’s 2-1 away loss to Sevilla, which left Carlo Ancelotti’s side three points off the pace in third.
Barcelona, who beat Madrid 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, eased past Celta de Vigo 3-0 at Camp Nou on Wednesday, remaining a point behind Atletico in second place.
Many have suggested that this campaign Atletico could win the league title for the first time since 1996, as they have shown consistency and have an undefeated home record.
However, Simeone remains humble and is keeping his feet on the ground, claiming that his team will be considered as favourites for the title only if they have a chance of winning it after the next four or five games.
“Every game is long, hard and difficult,” the 43-year-old Argentine told reporters.
“With eight games to go the advantage is with the teams with the most resources. If we reach the last four or five games still where we are, that will encourage us greatly."
“Madrid and Barca will fight until the very end. There are a lot of arguments in their favour."
“We look at our work and I always tell the players that we depend on ourselves. That’s how it’ll be until the end of the season, whether it goes good or bad.”