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Mestalla focus for Sosa and Atletico


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Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for another important weekend in their bid to secure the Primera Division title.

Diego Simeone's men are four points clear of Barcelona and six ahead of Real Madrid with four games left, although their cross-city rivals do have a fifth fixture remaining.

They face Osasuna and 24 hours later Atleti will look to respond to whatever they do away to Valencia.

''We try to maintain the same concentration and the same eagerness away from home that we do at home,'' said midfielder Jose Sosa.

The impact of the Vicente Calderon crowd has been a significant one of late, with Simeone almost orchestrating them through games.

''We know we aremore comfortable playing at home, but we have been doing things right up until now,'' added Sosa.

Atleti will fly from Valencia to London for their Champions League semi-final second-leg clash with Chelsea, with no let-up in their intense schedule.

Barcelona are in danger of being the season's forgotten team, although they remain sandwiched in between the two capital clubs.

They go to Villarreal, themselves in seventh and pushing for a Europe League spot. ''We know we have to play the remaining four games like finals and the best thing we can do is to be totally committed, so that we are there if Atletico or Real Madrid slip up,'' said Barca defender Marc Bartra. There is a huge clash as Athletic Bilbao meet Europa League semifinalists Sevilla.

Athletic are in fourth, the final Champions League spot, and three points clear of Sevilla in fifth. ''We don't know how to play for a draw,'' said home defender Mikel San Jose, ruling out any thoughts of his side settling for a point. ''We are going all out to win.''