Koke: Atletico preparing to fire 'last bullet'

Atletico Madrid's match away to Barcelona on Saturday is its final chance to revive the title race in LaLiga, according to Koke.

Koke describes Atletico Madrid's clash against Barcelona as the "last bullet".   -  Getty Images

Koke has described Saturday's match against Barcelona as Atletico Madrid's "last bullet" as it seeks to prolong LaLiga's title race.

Reigning champion and leader Barca is eight points clear of second-placed Atleti, with just seven matches left after the crunch meeting at Camp Nou.

Diego Simeone's side, surprise Liga champion in 2013-14, continues to punch above its weight in competing with Barca and Real Madrid for major honours.

And Spain international Koke, while acknowledging the odds are stacked against his side, is determined to keep fighting for as long as possible.

"We will go with everything we have to win the game, it's our last bullet," the midfielder told beIN Sports.

"In the last few years we've been at a great level, we've always wanted to win but we have to be realists, there are huge teams in front of us."

Koke also hailed the importance of Antoine Griezmann, who remains the subject of speculation linking him with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.

"He's decisive for the team, even if he doesn't score," Koke said.

According to Koke, Alvaro Morata, a January loan arrival from Chelsea, has "given a boost to the team", although the striker is expected to miss the Barca clash due to a sprained ankle.