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La Liga News: 5 April 2016; Bruno Soriano Makes Villarreal History, Levante Draw with Sporting Gijon

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Diego Simeone confident in his team but expects to face the best FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid manger Diego Simeone, along with centre-back Diego Godin, spoke to the media ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final with FC Barcelona on Tuesday. The team that trails Barça by six points in the league standings arrived in Barcelona at midday on Monday with 24 players. Here is the pick of what Simeone had to say about the upcoming first leg:

'Spain's second team' - but are Atletico really a bigger threat to Barcelona than Real Madrid? -
Spain's second team. That is how Barcelona defender Gerard Pique described Atletico in the pre-match press conference ahead of the teams' Champions League clash on Tuesday. While it was a little dig at rivals Real Madrid after the Clasico, it also stood as quite a compliment for Diego Simeone's side.

Bruno makes Villarreal history | Football Espana
Villarreal captain Bruno Soriano became the Yellow Submarine’s record appearance holder during Sunday’s 2-1 win at Eibar in La Liga. Bruno played his 364th match for Villarreal at Ipurua to beat Marcos Senna’s previous tally as his side opened up an eight-point lead in the race for fourth place.

Primera Division strugglers Levante and Sporting Gijon play out goalless draw - ESPN FC
Sporting Gijon took a step closer to safety with a battling 0-0 draw against fellow Primera Division dwellers Levante who failed to make home advantage pay at the Ciutat de Valencia. Sporting climbed above Getafe into 18th on goal difference and sit just a point below Granada who occupy 17th place in the table and the last spot above the relegation zone.

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