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Betting Site: Simeone wants Atletico Madrid to focus on La Liga
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:25
Pay per head sportsbooks and betting sites saw Atletico make it to their first semi-final of Europe’s premier club competition since 1973-74 with an impressive 1-0 win on Wednesday over Barca at a raucous Vicente Calderon stadium, with Koke’s early volley enough to earn them a 2-1 aggregate win.
Simeone’s players, who later this month will face Chelsea in the Champions League last four in a match that is eagerly anticipated by many people with a betting shop, are still on their way for a double, as they’re sitting one point clear of Barca and three points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with six games pending.
Pay per head sportsbooks know that their next domestic clash will be a trip on Sunday to Getafe, their relegation-threatened neighbours, and may people with a betting shop can’t wait to see the action.
Betting sites can see that Cosmin Contra’s side are on a poor run of form, as they only clinched one win in their last 18 league games to leave them in 18th place. Meanwhile, many fans and pay per head sportsbooks were delighted to see that Atleti reeled off six consecutive league victories, conceding only one time in that sequence.
But betting sites and price per head services found out that Simeone insisted that despite their contrasting recent fortunes, his players must fully focus on the battle at Coliseum Alfonso Perez – where they were unable to win on their last five visits – and not let their thoughts drift off to their tie with Chelsea.
“We are competing very well in La Liga – as I have always said, La Liga has been very important for us since the start of the season,” said the Argentinian.
“Tomorrow we’ll face a difficult game, Getafe have things to play for as well. We know them – every time they play against us they make a huge effort.
“It will be a competitive match, and we are only focused on this, so we hope to respond in the best way.
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“They (Getafe) can feel a bit anxious because of their situation, but at the same time motivated to play Atletico. I expect a dangerous rival