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Neutrals in Spain should be very glad indeed that Diego Simeone whips his 'team of men' into a frenzy because that means La Liga remains a three-horse race...
A feature that is normally a bit of a slur on the good name of La Liga is going to be a huge help this weekend, with two matches in particular set to be a turkey-shoot of sensational strikes. These will be two games featuring two teams trying to outscore each other to go into the winter break as league leaders.
It has not gone unnoticed by the outside world that the game in Spain is characterised by big teams with huge budgets thrashing smaller sides without a pot to pee in. Day-in, day-out this is a very bad thing indeed for La Liga, as it has lead to a dearth of properly competitive matches featuring Barcelona and Real Madrid and all too predictable scorelines. The league champions taking on Valladolid for a 9-0 thrashing at the Camp Nou doesn't even get the majority of Barcelona fans interested enough to tune in on TV, or turn up at the Camp Nou.
However, on Saturday and Sunday, two flimsy opponents will help play a crucial role in a fascinating duel between Barcelona and the temporary extension to the country's footballing duopoly, the mighty Atlético Madrid.
Last Sunday, the most memorable image from the round of league football was the sight of Diego Simeone, whipping the home crowd into a frenzy, to encourage his players to get a fourth against Valencia. That single goal would have put the Rojiblancos at the top of the table, equal on points with Barcelona but better in goal difference. Instead, the Catalan club held firm having scored one more in the 16 league games played so far. Currently, Tata Martino's side have 44 goals, compared to Atleti's 43 - however the goal difference of 34 is shared.
This leaves the beautifully simple fact that if Atlético win their match this weekend by a bigger margin than Barcelona, then the capital city club will be kings of Spain this Christmas. And the chances of this taking place are fairly good. Saturday's opponents at the Vicente Calderón are Levante, a team that can be obstinate on their day but offer almost no attacking threat (the Rojiblanco back line is fairly impenetrable anyway), leaving Atlético a full 90 minutes to chip away at the Valencia club's defences, like a determined cat trying to reach a tasty treat from a rubbish bin.
Barcelona will also be taking up their goal-scoring challenge in Madrid with a clash at Getafe, a team that can be most reliable in their ability to roll over and surrender within seconds of the start of the game. Barca will be without both Leo Messi and the suspended Neymar, and will be trying to blank out the myriad of off-the-field stories surrounding the club these days.
In what Cesc Fabregas and Víctor Valdés have branded as a slur campaign against the club, the week has stories about Messi's father using benefit games played last summer for money laundering (denied by all), the supposed hidden details of Neymar's transfer deals, and a story from the Argentinean press that Tata Martino wants to leave this summer, due to having a horrible time of it in Spain.
Even Messi himself has created some noise by attacking the club's Vice President for Finance, Javier Raus, for comments made about the player's many contract revisions. "He's someone who knows nothing about football, and wants to manage Barcelona as if it was a business," stormed the player from Argentina.
While these many distractions may have longer term ramifications on the club this year, the immediate fact of the matter is that with players such as Alexis Sánchez and Pedro up front, Barcelona are still going to be more than a match for Getafe. The question though is whether they will be able to better the score-line from a stadium some five miles away, the day before as Barcelona and Atlético Madrid bring out their big guns in a sensational duel to welcome in the winter break.
Tim Stannard - follow him on Twitter