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Atletico Madrid's impressive Spanish league campaign finally gets the ultimate test as they come up against co-leader Barcelona, who have Lionel Messi back from injury.Atletico, meanwhile, drew 1-1 at Valencia in the midweek domestic cup competition that has been a distraction with Saturday's league clash looming.Barcelona and Atletico both have 49 points from 18 games, while Real Madrid are third with 44 points. Atletico would show once and for all that they are legitimate title contenders if they emerge from Saturday's match at the Vicente Calderon Stadium alone in first, a spot the team has not occupied at this point of the season since they last won the championship in 1996 .Both Atletico and Barcelona owe their league runs in part to Argentine coaching.Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino replaced Tito Vilanova for this season, while Atletico counterpart Diego Simeone has nurtured his team since taking charge in December 2011 .
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