Atletico Madrid have the potential to open up the title race in Spain when they take on Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano. Barcelona’s shock defeat to Real Betis has become a major talking point in La Liga as it keeps Barcelona only four points ahead of Real Madrid, who have made a disastrous start to the campaign. The upcoming match on Saturday will once again witness a contest between two teams with contrasting styles – Atletico will be trying to make it hard for Barcelona with a physical approach while Ernesto Valverde’s men will try to stick with the passing football that has made them so successful.
Barcelona have been able to come up with more goals than any La Liga team in the 2018-19 season but that has not helped them come up with a strong defence. They have also considered a fair number of goals that will give Atletico enough confidence going into the match. Antoine Griezmann has also been in great form over the last few weeks. Meanwhile, Atletico have been quite a strong defensively but they have been unable to break down most of the opposition – even when they have had Diego Costa and Griezmann in the lineup. It is expected that Atletico will be playing to their strengths and try to give a little to Barcelona, who picked up a 5-1 win over rivals Real Madrid only a few weeks ago.
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