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

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Cagey Affair on the Cards


There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough season for Barcelona, with the Catalan outfit off the pace when it comes to the title race, sitting some 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid. Xavi’s side are also outside of the Champions League spots, currently sitting fifth in the division, but they are only one point behind Atletico and five behind third-placed Real Betis with a game in hand.


Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga since the start of December and have won three of their last five, including a 1-0 success over Alaves before the break, with Frenkie de Jong scoring the only goal of the contest in the final exchanges to secure a huge three points.


The Catalan outfit also enjoyed a successful January transfer window, adding Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore, but the club were unable to shift Ousmane Dembele, with the Frenchman remaining at the club despite widespread speculation.


Atletico, meanwhile, have also struggled to show their best form this season, collecting 36 points from 21 matches, which has left them in fourth position in the table. The reigning champions are 14 points behind leaders Real Madrid and recently lost four league matches in a row, but they have recovered to take seven points from the last nine available in Spain’s top flight.


Atletico have not been able to launch a strong defence of their title, but it is impossible to imagine them finishing outside of the top four, and there is simply no downplaying the importance of this contest, with both managers hoping to secure what would be a huge three points.

DPP Verdict

This is a really, really difficult match to call, as both teams are still capable of putting in strong performances despite their issues this season. Simeone will demand an improvement from a defence which has been far from secure this term, and we can see a relatively cagey contest finishing all square.