Despite that closing down on Real and Barca is a tough challenge Simeone assures his men will keep up top performance.
“Every year brings difficulties that you have to get through,” he said, ahead of his side’s meeting with Villarreal. “No year is simple, either when we’ve won LaLiga or finished third, in this league every team goes through a rough patch.
“I think individual performances have improved in correspondence with the improvement of the team.
“That’s what’s happened since the beginning of 2017 and we hope we can keep this rhythm up right until the end.”