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What Marc-Andre ter Stegen said to Luis Suarez during Atletico’s pivotal draw with Barcelona, Simeone refuses to watch title challengers

What Marc-Andre ter Stegen said to Luis Suarez during Atletico’s pivotal draw with Barcelona, Simeone refuses to watch title challengers

Atletico hand control to Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid were able to hold onto a valuable point at the Camp Nou yesterday, in a 0-0 draw with Barcelona.

The result means that Atleti have handed control of the title race to Real Madrid, though. The current La Liga champions are three points behind their city rivals, and play Sevilla later today, who themselves sit 7 points from the top with a game in hand.

The Spanish league does not use goal difference as the primary deciding factor between teams, should they finish on the same points.

A head-to-head system which looks at the results of matches played between the two sides is instead used. As such, because Real Madrid have a win and a draw in their two meetings with Atletico this season, should they finish level on points, Los Blancos would clinch La Liga glory.

Simeone wont watch Real/Sevilla

The huge match between Real Madrid and Sevilla on Sunday will have arguably the largest impact on the run-in, with the former able to go top.

However, Atleti boss Diego Simeone says he will not watch the game, as he hasn’t enjoyed football lately.

“I don’t think I’ll watch it. I’m not watching the games, I don’t enjoy it and I prefer not to watch them,” Simeone said.

“It won’t change much if I watch it, we’ll be with the family having dinner and preparing for Monday. We need to play a good game.”

He may not watch it, but the Argentine will certainly be keeping up to date with the score.

What Marc-Andre ter Stegen said to Luis Suarez during Atletico’s pivotal draw with Barcelona, Simeone refuses to watch title challengers

Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone looks on before the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) football match between Cultural and Deportiva Leonesa and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Reino de Leon stadium in Leon, on January 23, 2020. (Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP) (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

What Ter Stegen said to Suarez

During Saturday’s clash, there was a coming together between German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and former teammate Luis Suarez.

After saving a shot at goal, the keeper made contact with the Uruguayan’s head, before Suarez went down in trademark fashion, claiming a penalty.

The details of the exchange between the pair have since been revealed by Marca:

“Hey, Luis!” Ter Stegen shouted at Suarez as the forward went down appealing to referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. “Not like that!”

“Stay there,” Suarez repeated, as he laid on the floor. “Stay there, champ!”

Suarez’s protests were of course ignored, but a valuable point secured could make a huge difference in the title race.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.