David Jones from Los angeles Liga On-line previews the massive recreation bobbing up this weekend as Atletico Madrid host Barcelona in Los angeles Liga on Saturday night time.
Barcelona appear to be regressing whilst Atletico Madrid are going from power to power. As issues stand, Atletico are 3rd within the Los angeles Liga desk with 17 issues from seven suits, whilst Barcelona have picked up simply 11 issues from seven video games.
The Rojiblancos are 3 issues at the back of leaders Actual Sociedad, who’ve performed 9 suits. True, Atletico don’t seem to be having the most efficient of occasions within the Champions League, however in Los angeles Liga, Diego Simeone’s facet are doing extraordinarily smartly. The Madrid outfit have scored 17 objectives in seven league suits and feature the league’s highest defence, having conceded simply two times. Of their final recreation earlier than the two-week world smash, Atletico hammered Cadiz 4-Zero at house within the league. Luiz Suarez, so unceremoniously let cross through Barcelona in the summertime of 2020, scored as soon as in that fit, taking his tally to 5 objectives in six appearances in Los angeles Liga for Atletico this season.
Joao Felix is having a ravishing season. The 21-year-old ahead has scored 5 objectives and equipped two assists in seven league suits and has discovered the again of the web two times in 3 Champions League video games, in step with WhoScored. The Portugal world is likely one of the highest and maximum promising younger skills on the earth, and he has come into his personal and is a pleasure to look at. Barcelona nonetheless have (arguably?) the sector’s biggest ever footballer in Lionel Messi, however there’s such a lot the Argentine wizard can do on his personal.
The 33-year-old has nonetheless scored 3 objectives within the league and has scored 3 objectives and equipped 3 assists within the Champions League. Whilst it’s transparent that Messi is lacking his pal and spouse in crime in assault Suarez, Ansu Fati does appear to have cast a robust partnership with Messi. The 18-year-old winger has scored 4 objectives within the league, however he’ll now leave out the following 5 months with a ruptured inside meniscus in his left knee.
This might open the door for Ousmane Dembele. Atletico will head into the fit towards Barcelona on the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night time as favourites. Despite the fact that Simeone’s facet are banging within the objectives for amusing nowadays, the house crew would possibly make a decision to play conservatively towards the Messi-lead crew and may just plan to grind out a win. For Barcelona to pick out up all 3 issues in Madrid, they want Messi at his highest.