LISTEN: Can Atlético turn it around against Barcelona?

Join us as we discuss Wednesday's crunch clash and the La Liga title race

Fan support will be key on Wednesday

Fan support will be key on Wednesday

Atlético Madrid play the biggest game of their season on Wednesday night as they look to overturn a 2-1 defeat against Barcelona and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Cholo’s men put in a brave performance at the Camp Nou last week, but were ultimately beaten after goalscorer Fernando Torres was sent off in the first half.

However, there is a lot of expectation heading into the game, with red and white fans in buoyant mood as they look to roar their team to a comeback at what will be a red-hot Vicente Calderón.

Atlé founder Nick Poskitt is joined by assistant editor Billy Edwards and lifelong colchonero Nick Lawley to discuss the match, and also take a look at our chances of catching Barça in La Liga.

Please leave any comments, feedback or thoughts in the section below!

  • Nick Lawley

    Great fun to join in on this! Let’s all get behind the team!

  • Kris

    I agree that Correa is over ambitious, and he loses his head but he will definitely rise up to the occasion. He never seems nervous in any game, but his decision making is not quite as good for a team that needs to be very efficient, especially in this game.

    I hope we don’t just invite pressure throughout the whole game, and rather try to be more attacking at points. Of course the key to this is going to be able to play with fucking 11 men for once! I hope Koke is able to initiate the counter-attacks really well and Carrasco can carry them forward. Again, we NEED to be very efficient!

    My prediction for this game is over ambitious, but I think we can with the match 3-0. How effective we are in front of goal is going to be really important. If we don’t win 3-0, we’ll go into penalty kicks. Ahhh, either way I am excited for the match and hope we put out a great performance and win the damn tie.

  • Epoy

    i will stand with my earlier prediction..

    2-1 at Calderon…
    We will advance to semis via penalty shootout…
    11-10…. Oblak to score the winning penalty…

  • Ringo

    I think he might be. But the way he is able to pressure the opposing defenders might be essential in disturbing Barcelona best. Therefore I’d play him. Otherwise Thomas might be an option to break down their build up play, but I’d prefer Correa at the moment.

  • Koke

    Key factors:

    1) Griezmann has to step up for once. Seems like he’s been even quieter against Barca when with ATM than when he was with Real Sociedad. We’ve all talked about his ‘big game’ drought, but if he can demonstrate his massive class, he can decide this game like he decided it against Madrid.
    2) Carrasco – aka, the one-man counter attack. He can be absolutely devastating, I’m still surprised he isn’t better known around Europe. I sometimes still envision that run he made against Barca in the league where he took the ball almost 2/3 of the pitch all by himself. If Carrasco is fit and doesn’t start it’s a huge mistake.
    3) Midfield battle. Iniesta, Busquets, etc are technically very good but very weak. We have to play rough with them. NOT FOULING, necessarily, because we’ve all seen how Busquets can put in an Oscar winning performance at the slightest touch. Just rough them up. Saul and Koke are strong and not afraid to use their bodies. I’d also like to see Thomas play; he’s big, strong, fast, and yet still technically adept.
    4) Our final third – Keep Neymar out wide on the left, and keep Messi playing deep where he can’t really do much. As for Suarez, watch him because he’s the most dangerous in these nitty gritty games. Maybe if our defenders can get in his head psychologically he will snap again and get sent off. It already should have happened.

    Of course there are a million factors, too many to list, but here’s one more. Barca aren’t mentally tough like we are. I think they’ve been so good this season that they don’t know how to lose. Everything is always going right for them, so when something finally goes wrong, they are clueless and they don’t know what to do. After going one down in the last leg, they were completely discouraged and clueless. After conceding the 1-1 goal in the Clasico, they had no common sense to defend the millions of counterattacks from Real Madrid. If we can score first and defend hard they’ll get frustrated…