Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou Stadium, in Barcelona, in the 31st Round of Spanish LaLiga. Barcelona against Atletico Madrid is always the match with big interest especially during this season and LaLiga positions. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
The last match against Villareal showed that even if Barca is not playing the best match after Messi joins the team everything gets much better. Now they are standing at 1st place and have 8 points difference with 2nd place Atletico Madrid. So if Barcelona wins this game, almost 100% that they will become winners of LaLiga. In total, this season looks very easy for them, since they had almost no problems in the national league since Real Madrid is in bad shape. Moreover, they went confidently through the Lyon in Champions League and will face Manchester United in the quarter-final. And of course, in Copa del Rey they are concrete favorites to be winners too. So they have chances to take triple this year and prove that they are now strongest team in Spain and Europe as well.
Lionel Messi showed everyone, that is too early to write him out of the best players list. Looks like this season brings him one more trophy as the best footballer in the world, especially, if they will win the CL. But now, Messi has scored 32 goals in LaLiga and already made 12 assists. Luis Suarez stands second with 19 goals in best strikers list of highest Spain league. As a result, we can see full dominance in Spain by the club from Catalonia. Unfortunately, Arturo Vidal will miss next LaLiga match due to yellow card suspension. Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele will miss the match against Atl. Madrid due to injuries. However, Malcom replaced Dembele strongly and confidently by showing a great result in the last match.
Barcelona this season is showing great skills at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances and coming back from losing position. Moreover, they are very confident at creating chances through individual skills and creating long shot opportunities. However, even the strongest team have weaknesses, at stopping opponents from creating chances, defending counter attacks and aerial duels.
Atletico Madrid should be very strong to take a win against Barcelona and take chances to fight for 1st place in LaLiga. That should be the goals No. 1 right now, however, Barcelona this season looks unbeatable, especially at Camp Nou. Madrid is 8 points away from Barca and has 5 points difference with nearest chaser Real. During last match against Girona Atletico took the win in last minutes. However, their game was unimpressive and Girona deserved a draw. For guests, LaLiga is the only one tournament left this season, since they were knocked out from Champions League by Juventus and Girona won in Copa del Rey against them in 1/8 finals.
Unfortunately, during the whole season, Atletico’s players had troubles with injuries. And now, game against Barca will miss Lucas Hernandez, Thomas Lemar, and Diego Costa. That could affect strongly attacking line-up since they are leaders of the attacks.
Atletico Madrid is very strong at stealing the ball from the opposition, creating chances using through balls and finishing scoring chances. However, they are showing weaknesses at creating scoring chances, as they are playing from the defense and in general, they play a strong defensive game this season. In 30 games of LaLiga Atletico, Madrid conceded only 19 goals and that is the best defense in Spain.
In the last 4 LaLiga games, Barcelona won twice and the team has drawn 2 games. So Atletico Madrid failed to win in 4 games in a row. Most interesting, that Los Colchoneros failed to win against Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium since February of the 2006 year. And that is really impressive, knowing how strong Atletico is now and was at least last 10 years.
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