Atletico Madrid vice-captain Tiago has compared his team’s exploits so far this season to those of Robin Hood.

Against all the odds, the Rojiblancos lead La Liga heading into the final stretch of the season but the Portuguese admitted his side face a stern test in their next match, away to Athletic Bilbao.

“Ordinary people see us as a sort of Robin Hood!” Tiago said to Marca. “We are taking the fight to the rich and powerful!

“The remaining games this season will all be like cup finals. Athletic are very tough opponents and the atmosphere will be very intimidating.

“Every team will be out to make life hard for us.

“We don’t care what Real Madrid do, we just concentrate on our own performances.

“We must now carry on in exactly the same vein.”

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