Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has insisted that his team is not obsessed with revenge against rivals Real Madrid, who they have been drawn to face in the Champions League semi-finals .
Simeone’s men have been beaten by their rivals in each of their last three Europea campaigns, including twice in the final.
“The goal is to reach the final and, for this, you have to beat the opponent you play,” he told a pre-match news conference ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture against Espanyol.
“Whoever the rival, it would be the same goal and the same reason to win.
“I’m thinking of Espanyol, it’s a tremendous week to look for third place. I do not think of anything else.
“The players have looked at the rival we will play in the Champions League, but the league does not allow you to be distracted.”
Atleti are three points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla heading into the weekend.