Real Madrid may only be the fourth favorite in the books, but with their pedigree they cannot be overlooked.
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 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.
A stacked Champions League knockout stage and a formidable Copa Del Rey field lie ahead, but a 2017-18 Barcelona treble seems less of a pipe dream and more of an actual possibility.
With Barcelona traveling to surprising seventh-place Real Betis, this weekend could give Atleti a chance to close the gap to first place.
If Atleti can bring the same attacking mentality, they should have no problem defeating Getafe.