Matchday LIVE: Barcelona vs. Atlético

Atleti look to leapfrog Barca into second with win over Catalans on Sunday

Messi vies with Jesus Gamez for the ball

Messi vies with Jesus Gamez for the ball

Atlético Madrid go into tonight’s match with Barcelona in a completely different position than they did the last time they made the trip up north.

Chasing the league leaders, Atleti know that a win over Barca will move them into second place in the league, keeping up the chase with Real Madrid.

Use the comments to post your thoughts, reactions and (hopefully) celebrations. We’ll be posting updates via Twitter, and you can follow the action right here.

You can prepare for the match by reading our Match Preview.

Starting XIs

Barcelona: Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Alves

Atlético: Moyá Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Jesús Gámez Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Arda Griezmann, Mandzukic


 



  • Just managed to get my yellow away shirt on, and we’re playing all in grey! Nightmare

  • Chewie

    Siqueira is so bad that we replace him with a right-back Gamez?

  • Great start 🙁

  • Kris

    Are we scared? Why we playing like we are shitting our pants?

  • and now he’s on a booking, out of position, against one of the best players in the world…

  • Kris

    WTF Gamez?

  • Kris

    Messi is magical. Damn. What a player.

  • Kris

    Smfh 🙁

  • Kris

    2-0.

  • eurgh. handball, but doesn’t flatter them

  • I really miss Filipe Luis. It seems Simeone does to.

  • AaX

    OFF with Gamez ASAP! Wrong choice for a left back against Barcelona

  • atleti10

    The only time Ive seen us play this lathargicaly was injury time in the champions league final. Hard to watch.

  • Kris

    Definitely. Those extra minutes were hard to watch, this is just as painful. Our pass completion rate is probably a whopping ZERO and nobody wants to pass either. Fuck!!

  • Chewie

    5 chances to concede, 0 chances to score. Shots, I think, are 12 to 1. Miserable. Who are the guys in grey on the pitch, Real Madrid C? Gamez for Lucas, Mandzukic for Raul and later Tiago for Saul/Mario would be my guess.

    Win a couple of corners or a penalty, maybe try some long shots. Obviously, long vertical passes are not working – Barcelona is just faster and more organized.

    Reminds me a bit of how we played with Manzano. Was it 0-4?

  • Chewie

    Yes, when you think you’ve seen the worst defending, you see Gamez and understand Siqueira is a master. He fouls but at least he recovers balls once in a while.

  • Chewie

    But I think Messi and Alves have never felt happier.

  • atleti10

    I think this could be the beggining of the end for Tiago. He looks way of the pace.

  • Gamez has been given a penalty for god knows what

  • Kris

    WTF? And Messi concedes it? WTF?

  • Kris

    Gabi OUT. Torres IN.

  • Kris

    Thank you RG8 for assisting Messi

  • Man.. 3 defensive mistakes in 3 Barcelona goals. Juanfran, Gabi and Raul Garcia. Hope we did all the mistakes we had to do in this match.

  • AaX

    DON’T WEAR this awful jersey anymore !! Whose idea was it to have Atleti wear silver-white ? WTH

  • Chewie

    First goal – Juanfran misses the ball, second goal – Gabi misses the ball, third goal – Raul Garcia misses the ball. Poor concentration and poor choice of players by Simeone. Well, at least this takes the pressure off a bit and allows us to concentrate on the Cup, the CL and on securing the third place with a fighting chance for the second.

    Worst game of the season so far.

  • Maybe our worst, yes. But it was easily the best Barcelona’s.

  • Parsa

    The odd and very surprising decision to play gamez on the left costed us the game. Sequira is not a very decent defender but he is far way better than this thing that gamez showed. Another thing that cholo didn’t consider is that sometimes you have to attack in order to ease the pressure, and sequira is kinda player that can do it, he has the skills and pace for it. It was so frustrating to see all these skillfull barca players when we don’t have anyone even close to them, Only arda showed somethings.

    Ironically, It was the first time since miranda’s absence that I kinda missed him. Gimenez was not as reliable as he has been so far. And he lost many many one and one situations, A thing that is very important in big matches and we all know how good miranda is in those situations.

    There are many things to take on from this match, But the best thing is to forget it soon and just move on … You can’t have the best game everyday in football

  • palestine atletico

    Ok i know that alot of you will disagree with me but i am convinced of the following: RAUL GARCIA IS THE REASON BEHIND THE LOSS!!!
    Despite he only played 15 min BUT he get in when it was 2-1 instead of greizmann (the fastest and most dangerous player in the team) at the time where the team started to improve and playing by their own style he did the following:
    1- a stupid shot where he had a clear chance infront of the goal after an excellent play between arda and torres.
    2- losing time and losing pace after silly foul with neymar and he was close from getting the red card.
    3- he gave the assist to messi and killed our hope.

    I think simeone will gibe him hard time bcz he wasnt focus and destroyed the minutes he partcipated.
    #not convinced of RG8!

  • AaX

    Although Barca played better than before, from the jersey, player experiment and the substitute, we did all the right moves to earn the loss tonight. Hope now this ends here.