The grueling Thursday-Sunday schedule turns the focus right back to La Liga. Atleti return home for a match vs. parent club Athletic Bilbao this weekend.
After a stretch of three games in which Atletico were not themselves, Simeone went back to basics and turned the team around. The question now is if they can sustain this form and outdo Barcelona for the title.
After Barcelona's 1-1 draw at Espanyol, Atletico have a chance to make up ground. However, defeating one of La Liga's most surprising and potent offenses will not be easy.
After a disappointing 1-2 loss to Sevilla at home, Atletico need a win in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
With Barcelona traveling to surprising seventh-place Real Betis, this weekend could give Atleti a chance to close the gap to first place.
The Copa del Rey could be Atlético's best shot at a 2018 trophy. Sevilla's poor form and Atleti's recent wins should open up a spot in the semifinals.
If Atleti can bring the same attacking mentality, they should have no problem defeating Getafe.