Atletico no longer inferior to Real Madrid - Simeone

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Atletico Madrid approach the latest derby against Real Madrid no longer feeling inferior to their cross-city rivals, according to head coach Diego Simeone. Despite generally playing second fiddle in Spain's capital, Atleti have been revitalised under Simeone's leadership - most notably when they memorably claimed the 2013-14 La Liga title at Barcelona's expense on the final day of the season.

They lost that year's Champions League final to Madrid and repeated the same heartache after a penalty shootout at San Siro earlier this year in May, but they are unbeaten in the past six La Liga encounters against their rivals, winning four of those games.

"It's true that we were once inferior to Real Madrid, but now we are competing at the same level," Simeone said.

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