Our match prediction:
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid square off against each other in an all-Spanish encounter in the Champions League quarter-finals, first leg. Luis Enrique’s men outplayed Premier League side in the last 16, while Atletico Madrid were more than fortunate to eliminate PSV in previous round. Los Rojiblancos face an uphill task in the first leg, but seeing that Barcelona head into the game following a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in El Clasico, the visitors are certainly capable of grabbing something from the game. As always, Diego Simeone will rely on his rock solid defence and a low-scoring football match appears on the cards. The lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the reigning champions and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils in the Champions League quarter-finals, first leg. In their last meeting at Camp Nou (CL) the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.
Highligted Player (Jordi Alba):
Jordi Alba is yet another product of Barcelona’s youth academy La Masia. The pacey full back, though, started playing for Valencia at senior level and after making 74 league appearances for los Che he returned to Barcelona in 2012. He signed a five-year deal with Barca on 28 June, 2012 and he made his debut for the Catalan giants on 19 August in a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad. Alba won his third La Liga title with Barca in 2016 and it has to be noted that he participated in a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2014/2015 Champions League final. The left-footed defender made his Spain debut on 11 October, 2011 and one year later he won the European Championship trophy with la Furia Roja. He scored in the final against Italy. Jordi Alba has four caps for Spain U21 team and he played for Catalonia as well. The left back was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat on 21 March, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy. Los Rojblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.