Strong Atletico start has Suarez dreaming of La Liga title

Atletico has won five of its first seven games and is the only unbeaten side in the top flight ahead of next week's clash against Barcelona.

Suarez has helped lead Atletico's early charge with five goals since switching from Barca on a free transfer in September.   -  Getty Images

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has talked up his side's La Liga title chances ahead of next week's showdown against former club Barcelona, saying his side's strong start to the campaign could give them an edge.

Atletico has won five of its first seven games and is the only unbeaten side in the top flight, while champion Real Madrid and Barca have already lost two games each.

Real Sociedad is top of the standings with 20 points while Atletico is third on 17 but has two games in hand. Real Madrid is fourth, while Barca is eighth.

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"It looks like being a very close league, and whoever makes the fewest mistakes from the start could win it," Suarez said in an interview with Marca on Monday.

"From being at Barcelona I know if you start the season badly and drop points it's very hard to catch up with the leaders. If you want to win the league you have to be solid and convincing from the start.

"Things haven't gone well for Barca but we know they'll be fighting until the end. If we keep believing in ourselves and keep up this exciting start, why can't we dream of winning it?"

Suarez has helped lead Atletico's early charge with five goals since switching from Barca on a free transfer in September.

His Portuguese strike partner Joao Felix has also scored five times, hitting form after a difficult first season in Spain.

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Suarez said the key to ensuring the 20-year-old continues to shine was to not hand him too much responsibility for the team's fortunes.

"Great teams are formed when every player feels equal," added Suarez.

"He is growing so much right now and with the right level of confidence can achieve great things and make the difference for us. But we need to make sure all the responsibility doesn't fall on him." 

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