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But what's worse, they're now eight points behind them with just 11 games to be played.

The contest opened up with five minutes left as Barça risked being caught on counter-attacks searching for the second goal to kill off the match while Atletico were desperate for the equaliser.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone said the league was Barcelona's to win.

Antoine Griezmann could stay at Atletico Madrid "for many years" according to team-mate Filipe Luis, who believes the Frenchman is undecided over his future.

Ernesto Valverde's side now has a comfortable lead with 11 rounds remaining and Barcelona can focus on its round-of-16 second leg match in the Champions League against Chelsea on March 14.

The draw in Gran Canaria on Thursday, Barca's third in their last five La Liga games, allowed Atletico to cut the gap on the unbeaten league leaders to five points. But we will prepare for it as if it's our last game, as if it's a final. "If we can do that, we will have our possibilities", Simeone said.

Pogba and Griezmann play together for France and United are convinced their record-signing will come to life with his worldwide team-mate playing in front of him.

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We've been second for near enough the whole season, so we're within our rights to make sure we do finish in that position. I wanted to show my new club that I deserve to wear this Manchester United shirt. "I just need to keep working hard".

Barcelona welcome Atletico Madrid to the Nou Camp Sunday for a top-of-the-table clash in front of an enthusiastic crowd cheering them on to cement their hold on top of the La Liga table.

Before, then, though, Griezmann has unfinished business with Atletico.

Griezmann was upset and publicly criticized the fans, igniting rumors that he could be looking for a way out of the Spanish club.

"I really want to score and celebrate it on Sunday", he said.

Griezmann's goals have kept Diego Simeone's men in the hunt for silverware this season but the Atletico forward has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months. He is happy with the club and with the city, so I do see him here for many years'.

"We play against a team that is having a fantastic season and the game will be resolved, like every one we have played against them, by the small details".

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