Approaching the climax of La Liga, Atletico Madrid's Mario Suarez is adamant his side "are not favourites" to clinch the title.
The Spanish midfielder believes the race is "not over" despite Atletico's 2-0 victory over Getafe which gives them a three-point advantage over second place Real Madrid.
Aside from Atletico's Champions League clash with Chelsea, the league leaders only have their domestic fixtures to concentrate on, unlike Real Madrid and third place Barcelona who face each other in Copa Del Rey final this Wednesday.
However, Suarez stated: "Atletico have a great history but the favourites for now are the budgets of Madrid and Barcelona. With our weapons we can do great things, but it's not over."
Despite having squads most managers can only dream of, Barcelona are feeling the pressure after injuries to Gerard Pique and Marc Barta which could force the return of defender Carles Puyol who has not started since March.
Another set back on the other side of Madrid is the injury situation surrounding Ballon D'or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar is unlikely to feature in the Copa Del Rey final after an on going knee injury, which will no doubt give Barcelona added belief going into the final. However, with a squad still boasting the world's most expensive player, few can right off Madrid.
Nevertheless, with an away trip to Valencia seemingly the only real test for Atletico before their final domestic contest of the season away at the Nou Camp, a win at the Mestalla Stadium would surely put Atletico in the driving seat - if they aren't already there.
However, Suarez remains pessimistic, or somewhat level headed at least, about the remainder of their campaign and is leaving nothing to chance. But, if you were to wager who will lift the title, you would more than likely go for Atletico given the current state of things.
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