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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone has called on his Atletico Madrid side to show their true colours when they face La Liga leaders Barcelona this evening in a crucial title clash.

Barcelona hold an eight-point lead over second-placed Atletico, which would be reduced to five if the visitors can win at the Nou Camp.

Simeone's men are the only side with a hope of reining Barca in, with third-placed Real Madrid 13 points behind the leaders.

Atletico, however, have never beaten the Catalans in the top flight since Simeone took charge in December 2011.

"That we've never won at the Nou Camp (actually) makes me very optimistic," said the former Argentina international.

"If we win here and then we don't win the next games, it counts for nothing. We have to show the identity which this team has."

After Atletico were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus in the last 16, their hopes of glory this season are pinned on winning La Liga.