Diego Pablo Simeone talked to the press ahead of the title decider between Barça and Atlético, stating that the team is "buzzing" leading up to what is an "important match, just like every time you play against Barcelona".
The Argentinian coach crucially revealed that Diego Costa "is fit and will play from the start" in Saturday's match.
Though there is just over a week to go until the Champions League final against Real Madrid, Simeone said that the clash in Lisbon is on the back burner: "No one is thinking about the Champions League final right now. There is a lot of nice build-up to come, but we're focused on tomorrow; we live in the moment".
The Argentine is confident Atleti are up for the title showdown: "There is no need to motivate the players ahead of a big match like this. The coach's job is to get the team prepared and we are trying to come up with the best ways to make sure the match is played on our terms. Here's hoping the team can deliver on the pitch".
Asked whether Barcelona deserve to win the title, Simeone replied that "it's not about deserving it, it's about winning it". "I expect Barça to come out strong and am anticipating it to be the hardest of our recent matches against them".
Atlético's three-point lead may not ultimately be enough: "I never dreamed that we would be six points ahead of Barça or seven ahead of Real going into the last day. The situation is what you would expect. They've never stopped competing, they were always up there".