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Atletico will go all-out for Champions League qualification

Atletico Madrid will get the result they need against Almeria to claim their place in the Champions League next season if defender Tomas Ujfalusi has his way.

Atletico Madrid will get the result they need against Almeria to claim their place in the Champions League next season if defender Tomas Ujfalusi has his way. Atletico head into the season finale in fourth spot in Primera Liga and with a two-point advantage over chasing Villarreal. A superior head-to-head record over Villarreal means Abel Resino's men need just a point against Almeria at Vicente Calderon today.

But Ujfalusi is hopeful of his team signing off their campaign with a victory. "We're going to come out to win, we can't play thinking about a draw," the Czech centre-back said. "We have to give everything we have and come out at 100 per cent. We're working hard, and with the quality we have we have no other choice but to win." A run of seven wins in eight matches has propelled the Rojiblancos up the standings after a dip in form left them struggling in the battle for Europe. And Ujfalusi sees no reason why they cannot continue that success today.

"The team have played well in the last few matches," he said. "We're working with desire and with energy to prepare for Saturday's game. "We're aware this encounter is the most important one of the season because if we're able to finish fourth, we'll have achieved the goal that we set for ourselves." Resino will have to do without the winger Simao Sabrosa, who will serve a one-match ban today. * PA Sport