Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid in round 23 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, February 6th at Camp Nou (Barcelona)
The management of Barcelona is trying to do everything to get out of the crisis and return the club to its former glory. The owners make point transfers, trying to strengthen the squad without spending much money. Earlier, Ferran Torres was bought from Manchester City, and recently it became known that Adama Traore is moving up to Barcelona on loan with a purchase option. From their end, the players and the coaching staff, led by Xavi, are slowly gaining points and reducing the gap from the top four. Thanks to a 6-match unbeaten streak, the Catalans climbed to 5th place in the LaLiga standings. Atlético Madrid is now only one point ahead. Let’s recall that Barcelona beat Alaves in the previous round of the Spanish championship (0-1). Ferran Torres contributed to the positive result. He featured in the starting lineup and assisted Frenkie de Jong in the second half.
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Compared to the top three, Atlético Madrid has slowed down a lot. The team gained only ten victories in 21 rounds of Spanish LaLiga. The club’s management sold Kieran Trippier to Newcastle during the winter transfer window, but his place has already been taken by former Celta player Daniel Wass. The recent results of the Indians cannot please the fans. They did not make it to the final of the Spanish Super Cup, left the Copa Del Rey in the 1/8 finals, and slipped to 4th place in the championship standings. The situation could have been even worse, but in the previous round of LaLiga, Diego Simeone’s men gained an incredible victory over Valencia (3-2). The Argentine specialist made the right substitutions. Angel Correa, who took the field at the beginning of the second half, equalized the score in the first minute of added time, and defender Mario Hermoso brought very important three points to the metropolitan team in the last seconds. In the second scoring episode, the assist was performed by Matheus Cunha, who also appeared on the pitch in the second half.
Both teams are going through difficult times right now, but the problem is that Barcelona players are not moving away from their usual football, and the transition to regular high crosses on tall Luuk de Jong will not bear fruit. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid often achieves results due to the players’ temper and the right motivation from the head coach. The Mattress Makers know how to beat the Catalans. In the first round, they gained a confident 2-0 victory in the capital of Spain. We think that the visitors will manage to earn at least one point in the upcoming game.