Matchday LIVE: Barcelona vs. Atlético

Griezmann and Carrasco lead the line in top of the table clash

Huge match in prospect at the Camp Nou

Huge match in prospect at the Camp Nou

Atlético Madrid play arguably their most important game of the season on Saturday afternoon, taking on Barcelona in a battle for the outright top spot in La Liga.

The Catalans currently lead the way on goal difference, but the rojiblancos will be desperate for their first win at the Camp Nou in a decade to put their recent poor run of form behind them.

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

Starting XIs

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Filipe; Gabi, Augusto, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco; Griezmann.

Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic; Messi, Suárez, Neymar.



  • Koke

    Conservative line up. Can’t say I’m surprised. If Simeone isn’t bold enough to play an attacking lineup against Las Palmas, no way he would do it against Barcelona. In this game though, I won’t complain. Messi, Neymar and Suarez can destroy even the best defense in the world (which is ours) when they are having a good day. Hopefully Augusto and Gabi and bully Messi and Iniesta in the midfield and prevent them from dominating.

    But how are we going to create chances? I really hope we see the Koke of old today, who did a great job at starting counter attacks and sending the attackers through on goal. We have problems creating chances with 3 forwards on the pitch, with only 2 it will be even tougher.

    Hoping for a good game and a win today. If we lose La Liga will be a huge mountain to climb, but if we win then we remain in the driver’s seat and send a huge message to the world that we mean business. Damn shame that Correa is suspended this game, he’s turning into a great supersub. Oliver’s on the bench so I’m guessing he’s staying. Hopefully Simeone will make all the right subs. And if there’s ever a day for Jackson and Vietto to find scoring form it’s today.

  • Kris

    We crowded the shit out of the midfield with the 4-5-1 and we can always switch to 4-4-2 with Carrasco’s pace. I don’t think the game is gonna be decided by who wins the midfield battle. MSN can do anything at any time if we only go for a tie, we have to score goals or we will lose this match.

  • One goal is never going to be enough in this game!

  • AndersAT

    Exciting match. I actually like this lineup. Maybe Oliver for augusto in easier matches.

  • Kris

    Terrible defending against Suarez’s goal. Holy shit.

  • Gah!

  • Kris

    Holy fucking shit. Great job Filipe! Letting the pressure get to you. Goddamnit.

  • Kris

    Game’s out of reach now with 10 men and down by a goal. We always let the fucking pressure get to us. And I haven’t seen Griezmann even try to take the game on his own. He has the capabilities, just won’t try.

  • The actors of Barcelona are back again and there’s nobody like Mourinho to warn everybody. Very good acting by Messi. It was nothing and it is game over. Claps claps to Messi and the red. Good job.

  • Mrtn

    …aaaaaaand it’s gone…
    that’s all you can expect from giving up possession against Barca this much
    sad, because we could easily score more goals against this shit called “barca defense”… but we managed to score so obviously Cholo doesn’t want the ball anymore…
    now, Savic plays perfectly, so, naturally Cholo fields Gimenez instead… nice move
    and now we can fight against humiliation in the 2nd half after the red.
    Your team plays well and you revert back to your old shit… that’s what you got Cholo…
    We totally deserve this for Cholo being a fckin pussy.
    Vamos Atleti!!!!!!!!

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Well that’s it our chances of the game has gone in front our eyes as well as the title

  • Koke

    FUCK. Is this game already lost?

    I’m so tired of the roughness we show in games against Barcelona. How many times are we gonna get a man sent off? I was going to say we need to put on an extra forward at half time but now that we’re a man down I DOUBT Simeone will ever do that.

    Stupid, stupid. We started so well too…

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Rushing home from work only to see suarez score and filipe getting a red card…

  • BlasiusMagnus

    harsh, but sadly true. i was expecting that we play shit with that lineup, and then boom, goal by koke. we played well in the beginning. then barca scored as usual…
    same old, same old…

  • Koke

    Ladies and gentlemen, what we can pray for now is to end the match with 10 men… but you never know with this team…

  • Chewie

    Before the game I thought it’d go down 3-1 for Barca. After we scored I hoped we’ll get a draw or even a win, seeing a team reminiscent of the vintage Atletico. But no, this is not the vintage Atletico. Gimenez is not Miranda at his best. Filipe Luis has lost his composure. Griezmann can’t score against big teams. Oblak is to blame as much as Gimenez, although he’s still fantastic.

    And the rest of the team… Having a shitload of midfielders doesn’t really count when Barca passes the ball past them in a matter of seconds, pressuring the center and full backs. We could use a real big striker now, which we don’t have.

    I don’t really know what to expect – a fight for keeping the score close like 1-2 or 2-3 or some superhuman efforts to pull out a draw?

    We have plenty of potential. But potential doesn’t win games. It’s a tricky situation and a real test for Simeone the coach – to see if he’ll be able to successfully implement a very different playing style.

  • AndersAT

    Right now we are dominating with 10 men.

  • Kris

    Not only are we gonna lose this match, we have slim chances to win the next one with virtually all of our defense gone.

  • Koke

    Wow Godin. Idiotic. I said at halftime we could get more red cards. I knew because this team never learns, and I’ve seen this before.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Fucking diving cunt

  • Kris

    Every single one of Barca’s players face sickens me. Especially Suarez, Arda, and Messi.

  • And down to nine…

  • Chewie

    It’s a fucking roller coaster. For 20 minutes in each halves you start being proud of your team, and then – bang! you get two goals and two reds. However, I believe that we should forgive Godin and Filipe for their stupidity and enjoy the remaining players’ efforts.

  • Kris

    We’re getting fucked everywhere in the ass. Everything going wrong. Seems like Augusto is injured now. Shame. He was having a great game today. Easily the 2nd best player for Atleti today after Carrasco.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    This is just getting worse and worse

  • Chewie

    I was just starting to like Augusto.

  • Kris

    Fucking Arda’s face looks so smackable

  • Hannu

    Yeah me too! He is a good signing.

  • Hannu

    Me too

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Being the biggest fan of arda I wanna do the same. How can he even enjoy himself like that?!

  • Chewie

    Fuck everything, I’m proud of the team as a whole, for the character and the willingness to fight until the end. Barcelona has something to learn from our guys. If you’re playing the god damn game, at least have the balls to do it as a man.

  • Yes, he didn’t break with the pressure. But Carrasco was the motm in my opinion. He can’t be off the 11.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Fuck this shit! Bring back Costa and Garcia and let them loose in games like these, I dont even wanna a game like this anymore. I wanna see the divers of barcelona roll on the ground sincerely!

  • Chewie

    I understand now what Simeone saw in him – humility, composure and intelligence, all qualities that Tiago has.

  • Kris

    We could have won this game. I blame Simeone for the loss but our team could have won this game. I am very glad we didn’t just say fuck it we’ve lost and kept going. Augusto knows how to bring the ball forward, I like the guy. Carrasco, you fucking tank. You ran the entire game tirelessly. Unlike someone with the most smackable face in the world, you keep going. Griezmann HAS to come out in games like these. He HAS to take control,because he has what it takes to. He’s our best player technically and he’s such a smart player. In games like these, he has to become the playmaker. Anyways, I enjoyed the fighting and Barca didn’t come close to scoring after we were down to 9 men. I see that we haven’t completely lost the fighting spirit. We await Eibar at home, but La Liga is done for this season. 2nd place will be good.
    But, we just can’t ignore the horrendous mistakes from the team that led to the 2nd goal and the 2 red cards. We can’t make these same mistakes against the same fucking team every year.

  • Ash

    We need Costa or someone alike and sell JM NOW

  • Chewie

    I think Barca could’ve scored more, they just played it down a bit. And yes, Carrasco had me drop my jaw. It’s a mistake his father’s surname wasn’t Ferrari.

  • AndersAT

    Agreed!
    The good:
    – We played good for the most part. – Down to 9 players Barca didn’t score.
    – Griezman was good as a lone striker.
    – I think we should try an drop Vietto, Torres and Jackson and play with Oliver behind griezman and Gabi, Saul, Koke and carrasco/correa.
    – Barca look shaky

    The bad:
    – Godin and Filipe you fuckers. I love you but you are still a couple of fuckers. 🙂
    – the defending against the second goal was poor.
    – 6(7) points is probably too much, but the liga title was a long shot this season anyway.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    That was a great second half performance proud of the players despite the lost.
    Simeone will never beat barca
    NEVER not with that defensive shit game
    Aupa Atleti !

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    A little offensive language, but I know that’s your style, you used it against me couple of times 😉
    But I agree with you, especially about Savic, I have been saying for weeks that right now I think he is better than Gimenez, and the better should always play, but at Atleti he must get Simeone’s trust first, and sometimes I feel that some players will never get it, not until Simeone is forced to use them due to suspension or injury, there is not a better example than Oblak .

    A heroic performance though with 1 and 2 men down, a big credit for the players, but also a credit for Cholo, because he put courage and confidence in his players since the very first day with him in charge .
    Courage & confidence & “corazon” & “cojones” and all those stuff are important, but they are not enough alone, and sometimes I feel that they are only what Simeone have .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    2 players sent off tonight and 2 players sent off last season in the cup, should have been 3 with that boot of Arda .
    Savic had played 13 games this season before this game without a single yellow card, that’s the type of player who should started a game like this one, but he didn’t.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    and we didn’t ! .. good foresight .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Agree on almost all the points, but correct me if I’m wrong :
    You were among those who wanted Filipe back .

    As I said few days ago : Simeone had the money to sign any LB he wanted, but he chose the 30-year-old Filipe .
    Not just this, but he is overusing him, that was his 7th games in 21 days .
    After the game against Celta I tweeted that Filipe is our player with more bookings, 7 in La Liga & 2 in the cup, something I see as a sign of frustration and tiredness, and I hoped that he doesn’t play tonight, but he did, and he was sent off .
    Even worse, Sky Sports is claiming that Siqueira is going to Newcastle on loan (although I never trust rumors, some people kept discussing Oliver’s move to BVB in length then it turned out that it’s just rubbish) but if this is true, and with the all the suspensions and injuries, we have nobody to play on the LB against Eibar, it will be either Saul or some kid from Atleti B .

    I always believed and now even more that bringing Filipe back was a very bad call .

  • Chewie

    I don’t think it’s a bad call to bring Filipe back. But the bad thing is that it was a different Filipe that came back. Not technically, he’s still a great footballer, but psychologically. He’s not the steady, cold-blooded who had 25 yellow cards and 1 red after 4 years in the club. He suddenly became the guy who has 7 yellows and 1 red after only 19 games!