Barcelona have won their last seven at home, scoring 29 goals in the process, though none of these have been against top-six sides and they've been held to 1-1 draws to the only two visits from such opposition this term, against Real and Atletico.
Atletico are now 10 points in front of fifth-placed Villarreal, the first team out of the qualification zone for the Champions League.
"Since 2017 began, we have been playing much better, a much more balanced team, more consistent in our play", Simeone said.
A fifth straight La Liga victory was secured when Luis exchanged passes with Fernando Torres before slotting past Geronimo Rulli in the 28th minute.
Atletico attempted 13 shots vs Real Sociedad, their highest tally in a first half of a La Liga game this season.
Real Madrid Sociedad's brilliant game in the course of the current season allowed to come to the finish line as one of the favorites and contenders for a ticket to the European Cup.
The day kicked off with Athletic Club Bilbao enjoying a comfortable 2-0 win at home against a decaffeinated Espanyol, which lifts them into sixth position.
Atletico wasted several chances to win by a greater margin, but the result was never in doubt against a rival who slip to seventh place in the league table out of the places which will automatically assure a place in Europe next season. What our kids are doing is still extraordinary, we were nine points below Sevilla, and the team kept working, just looking forward.
Leaders Real Madrid play at Leganes on Wednesday to defend their two-point lead over Barcelona.
Diego Simeone has overseen the rise of numerous impressive forwards at Atletico Madrid and Yannick Carrasco looks to be the next. Aritz Aduriz scored twice in the first half to move Athletic closer to a Europa League spot.
Sevilla slipped down to fourth after a very uninspiring 0-0 draw at home to relegation strugglers Sporting Gijon on Sunday. Sevilla was fighting for the league title not long ago, but is now enduring its worst moment of the season.
Liverpool reached an agreement with Stoke and were about to register the player but the Premier League introduced new guidelines. They approached the player's parents before officially being entitled to do so - a breach of Premier League rules.
Now just 38 heroes will be available at launch, while the PC has 62 heroes , but regular additions and updates are planned. But finishing the story is really just the beginning! It will be free to play so don't worry about having to pay for it.
Despite the warmer weather, she kept her legs covered in sheer black tights, and completed the look with black suede courts. The Duchess stuck to a well-honed formula with the latest look, as she knows exactly what works for her.
In a statement, a spokesperson said the company was disappointed by the ruling and is continuing to evaluate its legal options. The new ruling is yet another challenge for social media networks who hope to enhance the privacy protections for its users.
In February, exports of United States goods and services increased 0.2% to $192.9 billion, the highest level since December 2014. Imports of goods from China tumbled a record $8.6 billion to $32.8 billion in February, a 20.8% drop from January.
Despite being outshot 11-6 in the first period Tuesday Ottawa escaped the opening period with a 1-0 lead thanks to their captain. His shot from the circle beat Mrazek on the glove side and it was Burrows fifth since he was dealt to Ottawa the deadline.
It took three seasons, but the Bruins are finally back in the playoffs. "We've still got a chance - that's all we can ask for". A regulation win over the Lightning on Tuesday night would give the Bruins their first playoff berth in three seasons.
Germany approves bill curbing online hate crime, fake news
Facebook issued a statement regarding the latest development, claiming it is determined to work with others to solve the problem. But Maas said Wednesday that he would press for similar measures to be adopted across the 28-member European Union.
On National Equal Pay Day, local women's groups rally
She said she made a decision to be her own boss in 1979, after discovering a new hire with less experience was being paid more. California's Latina women are further behind - they earn just 43 cents on the dollar, compared with white men.