Match preview: Atlético vs. Barcelona

Atlético return to La Liga action on Sunday as Barcelona visit the Calderón

FC Barcelona v Atletico Madrid - Copa Del Rey Semi-final- Second Leg

Real Madrid’s loss to Valencia means Atlético can pick up points on the top two in a key rematch of Atlético’s close 3-2 aggregate loss in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Barcelona on the other hand are not in their best form, having suffered a 4-0 loss at the hands of PSG and the Champions League and only just edged past Leganés in La Liga last weekend.

Kick-off in the Spanish capital is set for 16:15 CET.

Three straight wins in all competitions with an impressive total of ten goals including a hat trick from Kevin Gameiro have Atlético flying high as they welcome the Blaugrana into the home stadium.

Atlético will try to continue the open play that resulted in four goals for Gameiro and two each for Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres while conceding less than they have in recent games.

Augusto Fernández, Juanfran, Diego Godín and Tiago continue to miss time through injuries clearing the way for Saul Ñiguez, Sime Vrsaljko, José Giménez and Yannick Ferriera Cararasco.

Despite the fixture congestion with the Barcelona match sandwiched between two midweek matches, Diego Simeone is expected to start a full strength eleven.

Luis Enrique is in his third season as manager of Barcelona and is expected to start a similar eleven to the one that forced a draw with Atlético in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.

Arturo Vidal and Javier Mascherano will continue to miss through injury, but Barcelona is otherwise at full strength and benefits from playing their Champions league fixture a week earlier than Atlético.

Marc Andre ter Stegen is likely to replace Jasper Cillessen in goal with Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Sergio Roberto along the back line. Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets (who returns from suspension) will substitute for Denis Suárez and Ivan Rakitic, alongside Andre Gomes in the midfield. Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar will play the forward roles. Arda Turan is likely to be fit with the ability to come off the bench.

Messi leads the team with 34 goals in all competitions so far this season, but Suárez is not far behind with 25. Suárez leads the team with eight assists while Neymar has seven helpers in this campaign.

Barcelona won the teams´ Copa del Rey fixture 3-2 on aggregate, with Suárez scoring twice and Messi also getting a goal. Gameiro and Griezmann scored for Atlético. The teams drew 1-1 in the Camp Nou league fixture with Rakitic and Ángel Correa scoring the goals.

Diego Simeone praised the opponents ahead of Sunday’s match, saying, “FC Barcelona has always competed at the highest level. We have a difficult and important match ahead of us.”

The Squad list for this Sunday:

Goalkeepers: Miguel Ángel Moyá, Jan Oblak

Defenders: Filipe Luis, Stefan Savić, Sime Vrsaljko, Lucas Hernandez, José Giménez

Midfielders: Koke, Saúl Ñiguez, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Gabi, Thomas Partey, Nico Gaitán

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Torres, Ángel Correa, Kevin Gameiro.


  • 4.4.1.1

    TorresSK
    GriezmannSSK
    KokeLW-ThomasCM-GabiCM-GaitanRW
    FilipeLB-GimenezCB-LucasCB-VrsaljkoRB
    OblakGK

  • Khan

    All those recent victories, comebacks and goals mean nothing today if in form Atletico team loses to uninspired Barca at home. Forwards Kevin and Griezmann should show more understanding between them and should be more than lethal than ever.
    Should take good advantage of their apparently less efficient midfield play by playing with intense and deep play.
    If Atletico really wants to win any of the La Liga or Champions League title or even both (which I believe is possible) they should start proving by winning every matches starting from today’s.

    We already have poor results in first half of the season against big teams like Barca, Sevilla and Real Madrid out of which we have drawn one and lost other two. It’s high time to improve this. Go Atletico!
    Expected squad:
    Oblak;
    Filipe Luis, Jose Giminez, Savic, Vrsaljko;
    Carrasco, Gabi, Saul/Thomas, Koke ;
    Griezmann, Gameiro.

  • 4.4.1.1

    What’s wrong with you?

  • Zinni DUDU

    Godin is fit and will start. The only question is, who should partner him? For me the answer is clear: Gimenez

    Beside that Torres should start always ahead of Gameiro in games where we are out of possesion, because he is able to hold the ball.

  • 4.4.1.1

    Look at my line up. It’s flawless,

  • Zinni DUDU

    Believe me I would like to see Lucas starting ahead of Gimenez and Savic, because he showed in his few games where played so much composure and coolness, that I would pick as the second CB. I also agree that our best midfield is about Koke, Gabi and Thomas. But I would pick ahead of Gaitan Carrasco, because we will have to counter attack alot

  • Khan

    It’s always difficult to choose between Gameiro and Torres,given their form. But I think Gameiro will start ahead of Torres because Torres is capable of efficiently making an immediate impact even in game’s final 30 minutes. But in case of Gameiro, he needs some additional minutes to find his tempo and remarkable pace with his accurate ball control.
    But I don’t understand why you kept Gaitan ahead of Carrasco, who hasn’t played any recent matches, that too on right wing man. Seriously?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes, Gaitan is not lethal on Right Wing. reason even an uninspired Barca run away with victory against us is we play like coward, we took game to them in second leg and we almost knocked them out, PSG did same. Press them from front and they will lose whole midfield.

  • 4.4.1.1

    Who are we going to use on RW then? Carrasco & Correa are better fit as secondary strikers in 4-4-1-1.

  • 4.4.1.1

    How about Gameiro on RW?

  • Khan

    Agree with both Dudu and Messi. I too admire Lucas but both Lucas and Giminez seem similar during defending. While attacking it’s Giminez who goes all attack in penalty box during corners and he is good with headers, an additional advantage.
    But I think it will be risk to start both Lucas and Giminez, never saw them play together as central defensive pair. I would like this combination of experienced defender with young talent. Godin /Savic, Giminez /Lucas

  • Khan

    Great! Both Oblak and Godin return which is major boost. Sergi Roberto and Jeremy as wing backs! Carrasco and Filipe Luis should rule left wing and make as much trouble as possible. Vrsaljko should cause severe headache to Jeremy. More severe if Angel Correa is substituted on one hour mark for Saul. Must win for Atletico Madrid. Expecting a great game.

  • 4.4.1.1

    Simeone is so predictable.

  • 4.4.1.1

    I wonder how it would be if Zinedine Zidane coached Atleti.

  • Gareth Bale

    Come on Atleti! Score!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Why do we play crosses, when we have two small strikers? I do not get why Simeone wants to play Gameiro, when our tactics include crosses. Torres does ALWAYS wel against Barcelona. Simeone will never learn that Torres is a big game player.

  • Vagabond Messi

    No Lucas is agressive when needed, he’s faster than Gimenez.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Also why Gimenez or Lucas didn’t start over Savic?

  • Gareth Bale

    Because Simeone is the boss.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Carrasco has been so useless , he cant do anything when bus is parked. Prince Saul never get substituted.

  • Gareth Bale

    1-1

  • Gareth Bale

    Godin goal.

  • Vagabond Messi

    1-2

  • Vagabond Messi

    Savic wtf you were doing there bro? Simeone keeps on plaging useless players like Savic and Saul

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Honestly I’m glad we aren’t winning, its so obvious at this point Saul is a liability and I’m glad he has to miss the next game

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    We played away at Barca a few weeks ago with Carrasco and Gaitan on the wings and we completely outplayed them but we come home and play with 3 cms, one of which can’t seem to help us defend or retain the ball in midfield and lose this game

  • Palantine

    Extremely frustrating game

  • faslj;

    I think I rather have Real Madrid win La Liga than Barcelona.

  • Gareth Bale

    Why is Simeone doing this?

  • Vagabond Messi

    It’s not about winning or losing, there’s no balance in the team. Players start because Coach loves them, not any strategy . When down bring in Torrss and Correa in 70m, before it’s Same. Take no initiative, don’t make substitution according to performance but just throw in random player. Saul was useless and we needed spark , take off Carrasco. Saul just can’t do anything as a CM, no defending or creating anything.

  • AnonX

    NEVER EVER have considered Savic better than Gimenez !!

    Those blasted defensive blunders again, all gifted goals !

    Oh Well, On to the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE !!

  • Gareth Bale

    I thought that he was the best coach in the world. All this time because of El Cholo.

  • Max Huber

    IN the first half I thought – “My god so many chances missed” – hopefully it won’t be the reason we’re going to loose – now we lost! You can say whatever you want – it’s a big problem when you don’t use the chances AND have problems with your defending line!! I totally agree with the Savic and Saul-problem!

  • KO Corbin

    well we lost but at least saul and savic were there .

  • Zinni DUDU

    1. Gameiro is an overpriced smurf.
    2. Why is Gaitan sitting 90 min on the bench while beautiy boy Saul gets 90 min?#
    3. I have a Problem with Griezmanns attitude. Last and two years ago he was used to drop of deep and help the team to create chances. Now he is playing like Ronaldo and waiting for the balls. This boy should understand that his game is not about goals.
    3. What is the matter of starting Savic ahead of Gimenez and Lucas? I never saw a solid game from him in the last games

  • Gareth Bale

    Replace Savic with Varane, and Saul with Modric. It would be 3-0.

  • nandes

    We can talk about defensive weakness, players out of form and all, but we had a great period in the first half where we probably should have scored. It was the lack of effectiveness that got us again

  • Zinni DUDU

    Yeah beacause we were playing crosses to our mini midget strikers

  • AnonX

    True ! the ineffectiveness of Simeone’s wrong decision of playing 2 unqualified starters. Need not for me to spell them out. Gimenez should be starting for me.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    You’re our manager and at the 60″ mark you can’t see we needed fresh legs in the middle or at least pace in the wings. We didn’t create an open play chance after Gameiro was taken off. I will blame this on poor management because we had no right losing that game, even if we had drawn I would have been pissed, today I will place the blame on the manager.

    Hope one day you really do learn from your successful mat he’s against Barca but every time we lose it’s been because of the same reasons in my opinion

  • Karlp

    1st half better than the 2nd, but overall didn’t play bad.
    Savic looks a bit shaky, although he makes a very important block.
    Oblak is very2 good. Griezmann also, both attacking and defending

    Can’t criticise too much of anyone actually. The game is very2 tight. Everyone is giving their all, and I think Barca also only have 1 clear chance (the one that was missed by Suarez).

  • Vagabond Messi

    Barca were having one hell of problen when we pressed them in first half, clealy new legs were needed to carry out same pressing . Sitting back never work against Barca, it never has before and it never will. We just sat back in second half and let Barca camp in our penalty box.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Not sure what match you watched, Barca were shaking in first half and then Simeone sits back and relax in second half, no reaction nothing untill we’re a goal down .

  • Gareth Bale

    You should manage Atleti.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well all this shit has great new effect:
    Saul is suspended for Thursday. I hope to see Thomas or Gaitan for him

  • Vagabond Messi

    Go suck bbc

  • Vagabond Messi

    I hope Saul gets sold, dude literally ruin balance of the team. Can Saul fanboys tell me what is he’s really good at? I might be blind to not see his quality.

  • AnonX

    Although it was a great blocking effort, he left too big of a gap leaving Messi unmarked in the box. Who does that ? !
    He’s a bit low keyed at certain important moments of matches which usually always has caused goals conceded.
    Now Simeone have to review this.

  • Zinni DUDU

    I do not get Simeones substitutions. He waits until the 70 th minute. After we concede a goal he starts to substitute Torres and Correa. Why not earlier? If he sees that we were sitting so deep in the back, react holy shit! React ! Do not wait until it happens

  • Karlp

    Yep, also think Savic needs to be rotated.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Yeah he scored a fucking deflected goal against Leverkusen, which means he should start every game. He is not able to produce any shit.

  • Gareth Bale

    Zidane is awesome. 🙂

  • Vagabond Messi

    If goals were only merit why Raul Garcia was sold? He used to scode more than Saul, We play Saul for his 6-7 goals a season?

  • Zinni DUDU

    Look at the fucking table. Zidane is still doing a great Job. While Simeone can not even get past Sevilla with the strongest team in our history. He brought in this smurf, who is maybe fast, but has nothing else to deliver. It is not a surprise that PSG sold him, even when they were not strong. And Gaitan was brought in who sit 90min on the fucking bench, while pretty boy saul plays 90 fucking minutes.

  • AnonX

    It was the manager’s decision who played him and his decision to either keep or replace him.
    We have lost 2 games to our main rivals because of this decision which he has to own up to.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Yeah. Lets wait 70th minutes till we concede a goal and react then. Why is Simeone not reacting earlier before we concede the goal? Is it really necessary to wait for the substitutions till we get a goal? If Gameiro would be on the bench and Torres would playing he would made the substitution after 50 minutes

  • Vagabond Messi

    He wasted 25m on Gaitan , why did he buy him when he had no place for him in team? We could’ve used that money to repay our loan or to finance big name signing.

  • Karlp

    Maybe I misjudge and need to watch the replay, but prior to Messi’s goal I think the team still play good. Yes the tide change, but at that moment I also think changes aren’t really necessary.

  • Vagabond Messi

    No Barca were pathetic , they won because we were too late to react and starred to sit back , when everyone and his dog know that Barca midfield has problem taking ball near final third, we sat at back and let them having ball near final third. Even Alaves schooled this pathetic Barca at Camp nou.

  • Vagabond Messi

    It was not only Savic who didn’y sht bed. your charming Prince Saul was may more pathetic through out whole season. but you attacked me , what a hypocrite you’re. Idgaf if you go to VC or how much of a real fan you’re. No need to make Savic only scapegoat when we’ve another players who have been way worse.

  • Gareth Bale

    Cherry on top, mate. 😉

  • Karlp

    I might have criticise Saul very much previously, but I think this is one game that he didn’t perform bad. Yes, he is not the best going forward, but he’s a complete workhorse the whole game, wins most aerial duel, press real hard, and pretty efficient defensively. He might not be the best choice for other game, but for the type of game that we played in the 1st half, he is necessary.

    I might misjudge and might need to watch the replay, but that’s how I remember currently.

  • Roberto

    Its not acceptable! Atletis bilance in head to head against the direct rivals is just a shame and not at all corresponding with the quality of the team! The games: clear loss against madrid, loss and draw against barca, loss against sevilla, clear losses against villareal and sociedad! The bilance 0 victories 1 draw and 5 defeats. Who the hell is asking mr cholo, why???? This is just scandalous! Now, the mimentum was really nice for atleti to make the turnariund, but they didn t do it again. They were again just a lollypopp team like valencia, with nice players, fanatic and faithful fans, but without a nice matchplan, without the final willingness to win and with a coach who seems to be not anymore believing, cholo has been shut down by the 2 defeats in the final, and he did not really recover yet. The team could not transform this 2 historical horror defeats into a forward going energy. On the contrary, against the big ones the atleti players seem to have pure fear, that in the end they will loose again. A self fulfilling prophecy. If atleti and simeone would not have this mental block, they should be leading la liga. Last Year they could fight until the last round for la liga, and as well madrid and barca were very strong and more constant then this year. Atleti could hold the team, with the right age and they could engage 2 further extremely strong offensive players Gaitan and Gameiro. Under neutral mental curcumstances Atleti should be even a bit stronger then last year, and the little less constance of madrid and barca should the reason for Atletis title number 11. It is such a pitty and so extremely frustrating to see atleti loosing games. If a this not-luck bringing oblak would have saved 2 of the 5 soft penalties of madrid in milan last year, that ugly and devote performance of atleti this year would be easier to stand and endure….

  • Gareth Bale

    The lollypop is soar. Get a new sweet one. That’s all Atleti needs. Back on top again.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Work horse? Dude , he provides nothing to defense. How many tackles he made? How many times he won the ball back? Thomas neess start over him period.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Bbc is sweet in your mouth. Have more

  • Khan

    Frustrating and irritating! From good first half to usually disappointed finish. Both goals were like almost gifted. Didn’t understand why Saul was not substituted even after that yellow. And that too substitution too late… Too many crosses in first half as expected but not touched majority of those and when Torres (our tallest striker) is on, not a single cross is provided. There is like no smartness in our play even if we have enough potential. And then suddenly Griezmann turns selfish. He should have been playing behind Gameiro but he is way too ahead in search of his greedy goal. This has cost utter 70 minutes loss of one player on pitch. If no one provides player like Gameiro who has tremendous pace(only), it shows how stupid we were playing. It’s like we’re playing with 10 men for 70 minutes.
    Seriously I think Saul has a big problem. Fortunately he misses the next match. I suppose he has that ring from Lord of the Rings which makes him invincible. Our wing backs were just amazing. Truly, the way Vrsaljko controlled Neymar was class. Even Messi and Suarez (apart from that One on one for Suarez who misplaced widely against a on rushing Oblak) were kept in shadows for majority of the game. Don’t know whether it’s bad luck or karma of for missing our chances. Really, in first half were we pressed fearlessly, we missed some crucial chances which cost us. But one thing is for sure, NO La Liga title this year and even top three seems difficult with sevilla on top form.

  • Khan

    Exactly man. Crosses for tiny strikers and then when Torres is on, it’s already too late

  • Zinni DUDU

    They are not stronger, because
    1. pretty boy Saul gets always 90 minutes, while a midfield with Koke Gabi and Thomas would give us enough creativity and work

    2. Gameiro (aka. smurf) is maybe in some circumstands a good player, but does not fit in our system. He is to similiar to Griezmann. You can play them both against weakter teams, but against stronger team they both fail together

    3. Carrasco had good half of the season but is clearly getting to many chances, because he is not always delivering.

    4. SAVIC (!). Why the fucking hell is he getting always and always Simeones trust? I always thought that Simeone has a kind smell for good and solid defensive players, but Savic is just different. His perfomances behin good and evil. Is just terrible. We have with Lucas and Gimenez to great defenders and Simeone is choosing (somehow) always to start.

    Simeone should really consider to start Torres ahead of Gameiro, because he delivers more than Gameiro. And he should rotate between Carrasco and Gaitan.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Even this pathetic Barca ran away with win, we just sit back against them when it’s not a way to play Barca. Even Alaves schooled them at Camp nou.

  • Zinni DUDU

    It was really surprising that Filipe had so many crosses in the first half, when we had Gameiro upfront. Then Torres joins, they start to play through balls. Wrong tactics my friend.

  • Gareth Bale

    Sit back and enjoy your pizza. 😉

  • Zinni DUDU

    There were no chances!!! That was the problem. We controlled barca, we chased them like idiots but we could not create chances in the final third. Because our tactics to play to our fucking mini midget strikers was shit. Do you really expect Gameiro and Griezmann to win a header aginst Pique, Umtiti and Mathieu?

  • Khan

    Wasting a quality muscle player like Thomas. Totally agree. Should at least consider him for the sake of him playing a crucial role for Ghana in Afcon.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Whenever i see Thomas he likes to hold on to ball, take it forward and play one twos .while Saul? He does nothing, PasSes to opposition players.

  • aileen

    I think nobody who watches the games does understand. It`s not only about substitutions but generally about once choices. As I was writing before …something wrong has happened that there are untouchable players who will be on the pitch for the 90 mins even if we loose 0-5.
    Even if they say I will play here only until Cholo is the manager.
    Even if they don`t fight and shot for half a year and after one` hattrick` with a quite weak team have the place in eleven for a year in advance
    Even if they have (natural) dip in form and play because they are canteranos

  • Roberto

    You are right. Watching the performances ageinst barca are pure torture. Atleti has the same team like last year with 2 new very strong players (gaitan and gameiro), barca and madrid are slightly less constant than last year. Thus everything is serviced for atleti, but atleti is this year so much more complicated, demotivatd and unintelligent then last year, and I do not know why. I fear they are traumatized from the 2 lost champions league finals.

  • Roberto

    A key problem is griezman. His excell nce was key reason that atleti could compete with madrid and barca until the last round. This Year he is still a strong player, but not anymore on the level of ronaldo, modric, neymar, suarez and kroos. Messi was also last year 1 step higher. Tody he missed a chance and he did not pass to gameiro in the center in the 52nd, which would have been the sure 1:0. I do not know the reason, but I think it is a mixture between expactation-pressure, frustration because of 2 lost finals last Year and a bit arrogance..

  • AndersAT

    2 tackles (third best in the game), 2 interceptions (third best in the match) and 79% pass accuracy in the final third (best in the match).

    I think it is fine tor criticise, and god knows I don’t think he is near Tiagos usual level, but to say he provides nothing is just ridiculous.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    2/3 or how many ever can make a final third pass percentage look good. Watching him in this match and not some stats is the reason I can understand the criticism. I want to know why he wasn’t subbed not why he started, I want to know why he stayed on already with one yellow and a card happy ref, I want to know why he played the entire game even tho it was evident a change in the middle was needed, I want to know why he played this entire game after he also played the full 90 in midweek

  • Gareth Bale

    Switch to 3-4-3.

    Correa-Torres-Gameiro
    Filipe-Thomas-Koke-Vrsaljko
    Gimenez-Godin-Lucas
    Oblak

    Griezmann should not start anymore. He was getting close Ronaldo’s and Messi’s level last season. He fell off.

  • Mitch

    Lost because of two loose balls…speechless!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes, he provides nothing. 79 % passing for a CM means nothing when team kept ball with him most of the time. As Jeronamo said how many of those passes were in opponent’s half and third quarter? You brag 79% for a CM as an achievement?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Spot on, we needed something extra from midfield.

  • Hannu

    Simeone respect too much Barcelona and thats why he cant win it.

  • AndersAT

    You asked how many tackles he provided and I told you. A quite fine number.

    Well he had a 79% passing accuracy on the final third so all of these were on Barcas half… and I think that is quite impressive. And it was better than both Messi, Iniesta, Koke, Carrasco etc.

    And yes I saw the game and I think your criticism is totally unreasonable, it seems like you have some kind of weird tunnel vision with regards to Saul. He played a good game last night. The reason we lost was bad defending primarily and a lack of clinical finishing in the first half.

    And I am not bragging (because it is not my achievement) I am just commenting.

  • AnonX

    Kudos to you but I don’t need to bother myself re-explaining a higher concept to such low one track minded individual.
    All reasons and critisisms regarding why are we playing this way and why such player is still playing is really out of date and kind of a bore.
    All have been discussed here more than 1 year ago as we all know how defense centric Simeone is and how he wouldn’t compromise his philosophy and def mids number presence and how our playing style and recent successes were built upon this solid diciplined 4-4-2 tight layers.
    Never ever have we said Saul is qualified to start but we know he will anyways because he will make up the numbers Simeone wanted. But why shouldn’t Thomas ? Good question but I don’t think it will change any different the formation to what it should be because we have established the strength and shortcoming of our manager.
    The question now is not on our fighting spirits but on how we concede goals and finish our chances in this particular match. Both were critical on this dissapointing result.
    But the most important point is that we are playing with our usual Intensity and Fighting Spirit back.
    That’s Vital, we should just now fix the important details (marking and finishing) to a T.

  • AnonX

    That could be true.

  • Vagabond Messi

    You fucking liar, you attack people over any criticism of Saul but you criticise Savic. We also know that Savic will start then why criticising him. Yes, we’re all blind to not see genius of Saul. Go wear his diaper and feck off.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I’m not a stat man, how many through ball Saul gave this season? None. Those sideways paases mean nothing. How about meamingful stats like chances created?or posession won? Dude was not even top20 la liga midfielder defensively and we all know how great he is offensively lol.

  • AndersAT

    Well i am not a big fan of statistics either, but you asked the question…

    I agree that he is not great, i am just questioning your objectiveness, because he actually played a good match against Barca. I agree that we could try Thomas in the position, but who knows if that will be better. I think Augusto would be a better choice when he gets back, nut again who knows.

    My opinion is that Saul is not the problem. The lack of stability in the central defense and the lack of clinical finishing is the problem. And in generel there is a big lack of intensity and concentration in all our players including but not exclusively Saul.

  • Karlp

    Just realize that Gaitan was available. So, yes, Saul should be substituted earlier or benched. I thought only Tomas and Correa was available. Tomas maybe a bit improvement of Saul but still not sure. Correa is very rash on challenges and always afraid he will get red carded in this type of game. Would prefer Correa though in different type of game.

  • Gareth Bale

    When Griezmann shaves off his hair and grows a Van Dyke this team will be back on top again.

  • Gareth Bale

    His purpose is to serve as a distraction for the opposition. I can’t believe that you’re this stupid.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I didn’t ask anything about pass completition, you bring it on. Moreover, i stopped criticising Saul, but a butthurt Saul fan Annox came in and attacked me even i said i’m not harping on Saul issue, he came and leactured how real fan he is and how he go to VC and cl final. Now i’ve reached to a stage where it hardly matter if he plays or not , but i’m not gonna tolerate any crap from his fanboys. Who’s problem and who’s not , i’m not gonna delve in to that. There’s no use of discussing it when Simeone gonna field samw line up irrespective of any sutuation, opponents. Let’s move on. As far as stats go, Saul was not even top 20 CM defensively last year , ofcourse it become a problem when one of your CDM is not even 20in league. Did you see how Thomas plays one two ways look to move ball forward? That’s instinct of a CM, you can’t teach anyone. Saul has one hell of a shot and i’m first to acknowledge that , but it’s confusing and irritating to not see a cLear cut role for him , may be a second striker type role will suit him and we can field proper CM alongside Koke and Gabi.