Atlético de Madrid host Barcelona at the Metropolitano in the match corresponding to matchday 10 of the Santander League. The colchoneros arrive on a great streak but they will be diminished by the losses due to the coronavirus, while in the Barcelona team they will be pending a Leo Messi who exploded after criticism from Antoine Griezmann’s surroundings.
The Metropolitano will host a Santander League classic. A game that by history has always been one of the so-called ‘with goals’, but in recent years order has prevailed more despite the continuous Barça victories. And is that Cholo Simeone doesn’t know what it’s like to beat Barcelona in the league championship and will try to end his losing streak. In his favor he plays that Atlético has practically a year without losing in his stadium, the last defeat being, precisely, against the Catalans.
The rojiblancos arrive touched after the international break. Stefan Savic and Jan Oblak arrived touched, but will participate in the match. Those who will not be are Luis Suárez and Lucas Torreira, who were infected in the coronavirus outbreak that has shaken the Uruguayan team. Without the Uruguayan striker, who will not be able to measure himself against his former team, all eyes will be on a Joao Félix who is taking Atlético de Madrid on the path of illusion to win titles this year. The good news is the return of Carrasco, who points to ownership.
Ahead will be an irregular Barcelona in the league, but totally reliable in the Champions League. An injured footballer also came to the Barça team after the international break: Sergio Busquets. The veteran midfielder will be out and opens the door of the eleven to Miralem Pjanic, who will form in the pivot with Frenkie de Jong. The other great absence will be that of Ansu Fati, who was injured in the last league game and will be in dry dock for the next few months, leaving the team without one of its revelation footballers.
Messi arrives ‘tired’
Antoine Griezmann returns to the Metropolitan at his worst. At least, the French striker will get rid of the whistle of the fans who still recriminate his departure to Barcelona, but on the pitch he will be with Leo Messi. The French environment has criticized the Argentine striker in recent days, with whom he has not had a good relationship at any time. After the injury of Ansu Fati, it will be Macon and the number ’10’ who are responsible for the attack by Culé in a match in which they need to win to re-engage in the high places of the classification.
In addition, one of the news that has revolutionized Can Barça in recent hours has been the attitude of Leo Messi. The Argentine striker exploded in front of the media after returning from South America and it is unknown what his mood will be during such an important game as Atlético de Madrid. The Rosario expressed being tired of being the center of all the club’s problems and that grief could take its toll on a high intensity match.
The duel of the titans will be lived in the goals. Ter Stegen returned offering a very high level after several months injured and Jan Oblak continues in his line. Both goalkeepers, among the three best in the world, will be decisive for their teams and their saves could be key to the future of the match. The Slovenian was touched by the international break, while the former Mönchengladbach was not summoned by Germany and stayed in Barcelona to continue with his set-up.