Atlético’s hopes of defeating the Blaugrana for the fourth consecutive time at the Calderón largely depend on whether or not Sergio Agüero is fit to feature.
Our dazzling young striker has helped himself to two braces when the teams have faced off in the capital, and has scored a total of six goals against the Catalan giants throughout his budding career.
Barça defender Gerard Píque, according to Marca, said that if Agüero does play then his side will have to devise a strategy to stop him.
El Kun did not travel to Greece as he recovers from an injury picked up in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Athletic.
Last night, Kun endured some painful viewing at home as he watched the match against Aris alone on television.
“Yesterday I commented on the game via Twitter and I suffered a lot. I hope that against Barcelona I can be on the pitch,” he told reporters.
This morning, he spoke to the Spanish media about the chances of his wish of playing this weekend coming true.
“I’m fine, doing better. I’ve spent the whole week training alone, recovering, but nothing has been decided yet.
“It is to be decided tomorrow with the doctor. I really want to make it, I want to play, but I still feel some pain,” he said.
The 22-year old is aware that exerting himself if he’s not fully ready could have lasting consequences considering Atleti’s other big games this month.
“I can’t say if I will be at one hundred percent, but I can say that I will try to make it. I don’t know how I will feel.
“It’s always a beautiful game when we play Barcelona, but if I’m not well physically, I will not force myself, because on Wednesday, there’s an equally important match against Valencia,” the forward said.
“If I do play, it is likely that I won’t last 90 minutes. It also depends on whether or not the coach puts me in, he’s the one who decides.”
Kun elaborated on what he thinks the team needs to do in order to get the result and maintain first place.
“Against Barcelona we always play well but that doesn’t mean we will win. They’re the best team in the world, and it will be very complicated.
“We have to come out focused and play very seriously. Barça is a team that from midfield to attack hold on to the ball a lot, and the key is that with our speed, we can do a lot of damage on the counter, with our wingers.
“It’s the way we can win.”