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Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid serve up warning for Barcelona

Atletico Madrid sent a warning to Barcelona on Sunday night as they crushed Sevilla 5-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Antoine Griezmann bagged a hat-trick and Diego Costa and Koke also scored in what is Atletico’s best performance for some time. Sevilla grabbed two goals back late on, but make no mistake this was a real thrashing by Diego Simeone’s side.

Atletico remain seven points behind Barcelona but the two teams clash on Camp Nou next Sunday and, provided the gap remains the same after the midweek round of fixtures, Atletico could cut the gap to four points with a win.

Before then Barcelona head to Las Palmas on Thursday night, while Atletico host Leganes at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.

Both teams will be expected to take maximum points from those games, which would set up Sunday’s game really nicely.

Atletico are on a really good run of seven straight wins in all competitions. They also haven’t lose in La Liga since going down 1-0 at Espanyol just before Christmas.

The return of Costa has been a big boost and he has five goals and an assist already, as well as two yellows and a red card.

Griezmann also appears to be finding his best form at exactly the right time. The Frenchman, who continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona, has eight goals and three assists in his last eight games.

Defensively they are also hugely impressive. They have the best record in La Liga, having conceded just 11 goals in 25 games.

Barcelona still have a healthy lead, and are unbeaten, but will know that Atletico are still there and ready to take advantage of any slip-ups.

The game between the two on Sunday will have a bearing on the title race and is one Atletico will surely have to win if they are to have any chance of pipping Barca to the title.

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