Soccer-Simeone says he won't watch title rivals Real's match after Atleti draw with Barca


Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Atletico Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 8, 2021 Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone reacts REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he would not watch Real Madrid's La Liga game with Sevilla on Sunday after his side's 0-0 draw with Barcelona on Saturday put the title back within their local rivals' grasp.

The draw leaves table-toppers Atletico on 77 points, and while Real sit three points back in third place, they can go top if they beat fourth-placed Sevilla thanks to a superior head-to-head record against the Rojiblancos.

It would be the first time Atletico are not top of La Liga since Nov. 7 - and with just three games to go.

"I'm not watching the (other teams') games. I don't enjoy it so I'd prefer not to watch," he told a post-match news conference.

"I don't think it will go any differently if I do watch it, so I'll have dinner with my family and get ready for Monday's session and focus on playing a good game against Real Sociedad" on Wednesday.

"It's a great season, where four sides are looking for the best possible ending.

"The game transpired as we wanted it to. We attacked well through pressing them and recovering the ball. We were great in the first half, and the second was more even."

Atleti keeper Jan Oblak acknowledged that his side are no longer in control of the outcome this season, but he pointed out that having a game in hand is not always a good thing.

"It's true, we don't have things in our own hands, but Real and Sevilla have to play four games, whereas we have three.

"It'll be tough to the end for everyone. There's a lot of games with a lot to play for, all tough matches, and whoever comes through this period strongest will win La Liga."

(Reporting by Joseph Walker; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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