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Atlético Madrid's Filipe Luis: Barca-Madrid dominance an injustice


Atlético Madrid defender Filipe Luis has described Barcelona and Real Madrid's duopoly of Spanish football as "a tremendous injustice."

The Brazilian defender is proud of his side's "humility" but claims the financial muscle of the two giants in the league damages La Liga, reports Goal.com.

Barca and Madrid have occupied the top two positions in La Liga for the last five seasons, with a Rafael Benitez led Valencia in 2003/04 the last league winner outside of the dominant pair.

Filipe, who joined Atlético from Deportivo La Coruna in 2010, feels the duopoly over the title race makes La Liga less exciting to watch at times and is frustrated at the huge imbalance in funds available to the top clubs.

The Seleção left-back told AS: "We are talking about two teams that no-one can compare to.

"It is a tremendous injustice that the league is so unbalanced. That Barca and Madrid have budgets that are so immensely greater increases doubts that this is the best league in the world.

"It is more interesting lower down in the table than it is in the fight for the title.

"[At Atlético] we have to try to fight with our weapons. We, with much work and humility, have barely reached them.

"From humility we have achieved many things, but to fight them is very complicated."

However, the 28-year-old is still positive about Atlético's side and believes they can continue to make their mark domestically and in the Champions League after lifting last season’s Copa del Rey.

"The team is in a great moment. The fact that most of the team is the same as three years ago helps. Almost all the other teams have been dismantled and lost many players and we have not," he said.

"We have maintained our core. [Radamel] Falcao was the great reference for last season but now we have David Villa, who will give us a lot.

"The team is playing the same way as two years ago. We have had many training sessions and years together.

"It shows that we are familiar and that we have not changed much from year to year."


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