LaLiga | Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Ronald Koeman: ‘We’re going to try to look for chances’

Check out Ronald Koeman’s press conference ahead of the game against Atlético Madrid.

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Line-ups

Atletico Madrid


Barcelona Out to Prove a Point


Atletico made a strong to their 2021-22 La Liga title defence, winning four and drawing two of their first six matches, but they have dropped down into fourth spot in the table courtesy of last weekend’s shock defeat at Alaves, who had lost every league game this season ahead of the clash with the capital giants.


Atletico will now be looking to return to winning ways in Spain’s top flight and pile the pressure on Koeman, who is expected to remain in charge for Saturday’s clash at Wanda Metropolitano, although the Dutchman will not actually be on the bench, as he is serving the second of a two-game touchline suspension.


Barcelona have not been at their best in La Liga this season, but it has not been a disastrous start, as they are still unbeaten across six matches, recording three wins and three draws to collect 12 points, which has left them in sixth position in the table, five points off leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand.


The Catalan giants recorded a 3-0 win over Levante in the league last time out, but they have struggled to draws with Granada and Cadiz in recent weeks, and there is no question that it has been difficult for the team to find their rhythm after a tough summer, largely due to their financial problems.


Whether Koeman is still in charge for the clash with Valencia on October 17 remains to be seen, but Barcelona, despite their issues, have the players to go and win at Wanda Metropolitano, and it will be fascinating to see what occurs in the Spanish capital on Saturday night.

DPP Verdict

Atletico, for many people, will be the clear favourites heading into this match, but we are not expecting it to be a straightforward contest for the home side. Barcelona still have so much talent despite their issues, and we have a sneaky feeling that Koeman’s team will be good enough for a point on Saturday night.