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Messi urges Barca to prevent Atletico title party

Update : 10 May 2014, 08:39 PM

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has urged his Barcelona teammates not to miss out on the second chance they have been gifted to retain their La Liga title.

Barca seemed all but out of the title race after conceding a last-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 at home to relegation-threatened Getafe last weekend.

However, leaders Atletico Madrid subsequently lost 2-0 away at Levante, whilst Real Madrid have drawn twice against Valencia and Valladolid in the past week to leave them in third place, four points adrift of Atletico with just two games to play.

Barcelona remain three points adrift of Diego Simeone’s men themselves, but will win the league if they win their two remaining games away to Elche on Sunday and then when Atletico visit the Camp Nou on the final weekend of the season.

“We are in a better position today than we were a few weeks ago. We can see that we have an opportunity to win the league. We need to take advantage of this moment and not let it escape,” said Messi

However, should Barca fail to win this weekend, Atletico can mathematically seal their first title in 18 years with victory over Malaga at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico have injury worries themselves as top scorer Diego Costa looks set to miss out due to a hamstring injury, which could yet endanger his participation in the clash with Barcelona and in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 24.

Real Madrid need to win away to Celta Vigo to maintain any hope of catching Atletico, but are likely to be without a host of first-team regulars, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

The current World Player of the Year limped off with a minor muscular problem less than 10 minutes into Real’s 1-1 draw with Valladolid on Wednesday and is unlikely to be risked with the Champions League final against Atletico just two weeks away.

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