Mario Suarez: 'Atletico Madrid not favourites'

Atletico de Madrid players pose for a team photo before kick-off in the Champions League quarter final match against Barcelona on April 9, 2014
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Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez refuses to accept that his side are the favourites to win the La Liga title this season, despite their strong position.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez has refused to accept that his side are the favourites to win the La Liga title this season.

Sunday's 2-0 win over Getafe has left Atletico top of La Liga, three points clear of second-place Real Madrid and four clear of third-place Barcelona with just five games remaining.

However, Suarez has called for calm and insisted that the race is "not over".

"Atletico have a great history but the favourites for now are the budgets of Madrid and Barcelona," Suarez told AS. "With our weapons, together, we can do good things. But it's not over."

Atletico host Elche in the league on Friday evening.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014
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