Matchday LIVE: Atlético vs. Barcelona

Follow all the action as Cholo's men look for cup glory against the Blaugrana

Club Atletico de Madrid v PSV Eindhoven - UEFA Champions League

It’s Copa del Rey semi-final night this evening, with reigning champions Barcelona making the trip to the capital for what should be a red-hot atmosphere at the Vicente Calderón.

With their struggles in the league, both teams are going all out for cup glory this year and have named strong line-ups for the clash.

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

Starting XIs

Atlético: Moyà; Vrsaljko, Godín, Savic, Filipe; Juanfran, Gabi, Koke, Saúl; Griezmann, Carrasco

Barcelona: Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Mascherano, Rakitic, Gomes; Messi, Suárez, Neymar



  • STALKER

    Carrasco as a striker. I approve. 🙂

  • Zinni DUDU

    Fuck Cholo Fuck! We are playing at home and you are showing again that you are a coward. How can you think about playing at home against Barca where we have to score to play only Griezmann and Carrasco upfront? There were times where we were used to have strong and bully strikers. Now we have have two half metrosexuell players, where one is talking about relegation and the other one is throwing fucking bottels around. I swear by god if carrasco would have done when I would be the coach he would sit the next three months on the bench. Why is Torres not playking? He is always scoring against Barcelona. Did he forget about what Torres did last season against Barcelona? Without him and his away goal we would not even reach the semi finals. I don now know how many important goals Torres scored in his career but it was bunch of them. Torres always steps up against strong teams. What does Simeone? Putting him on the bench against in an important game like this one. And who is playing ? Saul and Juanfran. The one is not able to play 3m passes and the other one has not brought even cross to one of our strikers since September. Fuck off, fuck off, fuck off. Just leave you coward. and make Inter play for place number 4 with this no-head Icardi who is banging the wife of the man who gave him a home. We invested so much money and you are playing for place 4 in the league and are now risking maybe one of our biggest chances of silverware with putting 9 players who are more defensive minded on the field. How we are gonna score?

  • STALKER

    Calm your tits.

  • Zinni DUDU

    You can suck your own tits little troll

  • Zinni DUDU

    Yeah maybe he can throw bottles to Cillessen, while Griezmann is drinking Mate-Tea and talking about relegation with his smurf friend Gameiro. And meanwhile Saul can train 3m passes

  • Vagabond Messi

    I’ve always wanted him to play as striker , but it would’ve been better if Gaitan played instead of JuanFran.

  • Hannu

    I am fine with this IX. Upront two that can actually score and Juanfran too is good for this game.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Saul to give MOTM performance today .

  • STALKER

    I knew they had no chance. 🙂

  • Vagabond Messi

    0-1 fc barca

  • Kris

    Saul with absolutely no spatial awareness. Why does he think he’ll get 10 seconds on the ball in Barca’s third?

  • Kris

    Our center backs are so bad at playing with the ball. And Godin keep going up is not a good idea at the moment. Don’t want to concede a 2nd away goal.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Tie is over boy, Now even with 4defensive midfielders we can’t stop goal.

  • Chewie

    Guys, am I right – is it Saul who’s already lost three balls that lead to very dangerous counter-attacks? Savic looks shaky as well. The whole defence is. This is really bad.

  • Kris

    Simeone has been deluded to believe that more defensive players = less conceded goals. He has obviously been proven wrong so many times this season but he continues with the same shit. Saul again the weak link so far this game.

  • Kris

    Yup. Saul.

  • STALKER

    Klopp’s Borussen 2.0 XD

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Not surprised… I wasn’t even going to comment because there’s really not much more I can say

  • Chewie

    Beautiful dribbling by Saul again.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Saul is offering nothing….

  • Vagabond Messi

    Well Saul just brings down the whole system. It makes us compromise on both defensive aswell as offensive front. Plus, our fullbacks are too passive this season, they were on fire last year both offensewise aswell as defensewise. There’s no competetion for the places, same faces play every match from CL to CDR.

  • Kris

    lol I don’t really blame Saul. It’s not his fault that Simeone keeps picking him to play every game.

  • Vagabond Messi

    You expecting something from Saul? Lol

  • Kris

    Yup, and this is absolutely because of poor management.

  • Zinni DUDU

    There you have your fucking coward tactics. Playing only two offensiv players and they are playing still shit. Did Simeone even made gameplan?

  • Vagabond Messi

    It’s okay if you like some player, but atleast give him some rest. Atleast a fresh Saul can offer fresh leg nonetheless.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Its a shame that this crap-player Saul is playing with the 8 of Raul Garcia

  • Kris

    Yup, I’ve never blamed any of our players for anything and I never will. It’s a team game and mistakes are expected. But I can blame the manager for his poor management.

  • STALKER

    What do you think about Didier Deschamps?

  • Mutumbo

    Choke on dis dick!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Well ,simple logic says that when your play style is intense and require pressing and running ,you can’t field same players every single match . Fine, play Saul or whoever you like but make sure whenever they play they’re fresh to play our brand of football.

  • MessiSucksBalls

    Man just shut the fuck up! You’re clearly a Barca troll! Gtfo and stfu! Your negativity is too much. Calm your bitch ass tiddies!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Cool story mate.

  • Glory hunter

    Stfu bubu! It’s a shame you call yourself a Atleti fan

  • Your daddy

    Stfu you little cunt! Gargle on deez nutz!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Says the man with the name glory hunter. What do you hunt else? The p*ssy of your mother?

  • Deez nuts

    Your dads pussy actually. He inspired Caitlyn Jenner!

  • Messi is gay

    Simple logic, stfu

  • Didier DeChumps

    He’s gay

  • Vagabond Messi

    Stfu troll, go back to whatever shthole you crawled from.

  • Vagabond is a fag

    Your moms asshole has no more room.

  • KO CESARO

    saul fucking sucks it’s the truth deal with it

  • Koke

    No shame in losing to Barca, especially when MSN are playing like they are today. But this lineup is so negative. Where is one piece of evidence that 2 right backs perform better defensively than one right back this season? And Torres should have started, he always does so well against Barca.

    I’d sub Saul for Torres and Juanfran for Gaitan. No point in defending hard when you’re already down 2 away goals.

  • Zinni DUDU

    I would even sub Keidi for Saul. He is offering nothing else than shit. His head is slow is feeds are slower. How the fuck can player like him play every fucking minute?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Right your mom A hole can fit in football . You pathetic troll atleast be funny.

  • KO CESARO

    (No shame in losing to Barca) what the fuck is going on here have you lost your fucking mind or what

  • Fagabond Pessi

    Shut up you little cunt

  • Zinni DUDU

    Show him more respect you little asshole

  • KO CESARO

    thanks DUDU

  • B*tch

    Why don’t you get a room and finger pop each other’s assholes

  • Koke

    What part of that did you not understand? Did I say I want to lose to Barca? Or that we should expect to lose to Barca? As much as I hate many of Barca’s players, especially Neymar and Suarez, MSN are potentially the top 3 players in the world on their best day, and there’s no shame in conceding the 2 goals we conceded this half. What the hell could the goalie or the defenders have done about them?

  • Kris

    lol Keidi is like a turtle though.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes, there’s shame in trailing 0-2 to this Barca and that too with this defensive line up. Our players are tired because of no rotation. Our intensity and pressing is gone. Our fullbacks were our main offensive threats, midfielders were iron wall , but these two department look exhausted and clueless. Keep on playing same line up from match against Eibar to Barcelona.

  • Deez nuts

    Your mom seems to like it. Just as much as me busting a nut on her forehead every night

  • AnonX

    Simeone needed be unpredictable with his lineup. But regardless what the system is, we are coming from a string of such low level performances due to repetitive changes and matches that no significant advantage is realistically expected. Lets see what can we salvage but I am just being optimistic as required.
    Being in considerable good form is very important prior.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Ask your mom to apply some lub , a football is big , don’t underestimate it.

  • Fagabond

    Speaking from personal experience or is that what your mom told you?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Since you talked loftly of your mom having big space in her A-hole, it’s your first hand experience .

  • Your moms punt

    Yeah the same first hand that fists your mom on the daily.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Don’t waste your time here, go catch your neighbour humping your M0m. You’re a cuck , i bet.

  • Shagabond

    That’s funny because your dad is the neighborhoods freidnly cuckhold. Suck a nikkuh diiick boiii

  • KO CESARO

    how about you get a room and finger pop your mother’s asshole bitch

  • Vagabond Messi

    I bet Morsi boys run train on your Mom , you cuckboy. That explain why you come here to whine.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Finally Saul is off and goal comes.

  • Chewie

    This shit is on fire. Poor Saul, as soon as he left, we had two 100% scoring opportunities and scored. Gabi is playing like a boss, and even Torres does his part well.

  • Chewie

    What a save!

  • AnonX

    Now we decided to wake up ?!!

    Vamos Atleti !!

  • STALKER

    I hope Simeone has learned his lesson.

  • Kris

    What an inspiring 2nd half. Gabi picked up the whole team by himself. God damn he’s a great leader. Great 2nd half from Atletico really. We should have won the game in the 2nd with the chances we had. Hopefully this gives Simeone some more options.
    Oh and also what a great goalkeeper Moya is. He had a fantastic game today, very calm and very much aware.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Torres introducion changed the whole game. Say what you want, but we need his strengh, his pace and his aerial threat. He should start regulary

  • Kris

    Griezmann plays a better Saul than Saul plays a Saul. What a great tackle to deny Messi.

  • STALKER

    He should play in central midfield against monster clubs.

  • AnonX

    I hope this is the moment when the team will start to wake up and fight again. Regardless of whatever the system or score is we never not go without great fight in any match.

    2nd Half 14 shots at goal and alomost all every second ball won.

    THIS WAS VINTAGE ATLETI !!

  • Chewie

    Gabi with an absolutely stellar performance. The midfield maestro. Made me nostalgic about the good old Gabi-Tiago Atletico headquarters.

  • AnonX

    Give me Koke-Gabi than Saul-Gabi anytime. This match proved that Saul isn’t right in the mix (at least not as starter). Team started to gel once they play in the centre.

  • Hannu

    Absolutely!

  • Koke

    Gabi at his best is one of the world’s greatest midfielders. His performance in the second half was Modric-esque. It’s a true crime that he has never played for Spain.

  • Koke

    Carrasco-Torres-Griezmann
    Gaitan-Gabi-Koke
    Filipe-Godin-Savic-Juanfran
    Moya

    This lineup could defeat any team in the world. It’s completely tragic that we almost never get to see it, but have to deal with the “safer” options such as Saul at RW, Gimenez at DM, and Juanfran as a forward. And yet this lineup has been available all along.

  • Hannu

    Again we come to the point when Torres should be our first choice striker. : ) I said it before the season and in words of Twin peaks “it is happening again”.

  • Koke

    In the first half, I was really sad about how we would possibly have our worst season in years. After the second half, if we keep playing that way, we could win the CL and maybe even turn around this Copa tie. I think this is the start of something new.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Agree bro. But Gabi is sadfully suspensioned which brings us to the point that saul will start, but I hope for Carrasco and Gaitan on Tuesday

  • Zinni DUDU

    Mashallah!

  • Zinni DUDU

    I have real happy for every Saul-Fan:
    Gabi is sadfully suspensioned which means Saul will definitelystart on tuesday, what means we will scramble around.

  • STALKER

    AG7 can take Gabi’s place. Torres and Gameiro/Correa as strikers.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Hahahahahahahaha. He looks like if he is doing a walking when is running. lmao

  • Zinni DUDU

    Sadfully he will play on tuedsay because Gabi is suspended 🙁

  • Squinty63

    Just saw this game, theres just something about these games that has me hanging at the edge of my seat. Seriously stood up and yelled at the ?. We were pretty shitty the first half but we were owning them in the second half. We prob gonna lose the second leg but that doesnt mean im not looking forward to the second leg.