Atletico eager to keep pace
By Football News
Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao says his team would love to finish above fierce rivals Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old has already scored 14 times for Diego Simeone's team, leaving them second in La Liga, just three points behind Barcelona and eight ahead of rivals Real, who they face on Saturday.
With a third of the season completed, Atletico have managed to upset the balance, something Falcao hopes can be maintained to the end of the campaign.
"To finish above our main opponent (Real Madrid) would be quite significant for everyone," he told Goal.com.
"Our fans would be delighted if we managed to do so this season. However, as players we don't have this as our target. We want to top La Liga but we don't look at Real Madrid or ourselves, we just think about the next game.
"It's my dream to have a good campaign. A positive start is important to keep our level throughout the season and to fight for the top spots in the table.
"My dream for this season was for Atletico to be stronger and more solid in order to achieve consistent good results.
"We are just three points from the top of the table, fighting and trying to hold on to a Champions League spot. We want to keep this place in the table.
"We'll try to remain where we are so if one of the big teams slip up we can profit. After that we will see if we can fight for the title, second or third place. We want to remain where we are now."
Falcao was quick to play down the importance of the Madrid derby, suggesting the whole campaign should be a barometer for their success.
"Theoretically our fight is not against Real Madrid or Barcelona," he said.
"Our task is to think about the next fixture and try to win. Winning allows us to pick up points and remain close to the major teams in Spain. We must collect as many points as possible. Then the games back to back with Real Madrid and Barcelona could define our season in La Liga.
"It's important to win every game aside from the Barcelona and Real Madrid games because there are many points at stake. If you don't win those games you'll drop points and lose touch with the top sides in the table."