Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
La Liga title will be at stake when Barcelona and Atletico Madrid face each other at Camp Nou on Saturday. The Catalan giants came from behind to beat Valencia at the weekend, with the team reviving their title hopes, but they do not want to stop now. Leo Messi scored a brace in the triumph over los Che, and we are positive that the Argentine superstar is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
All Martin Braithwaite, Philippe Coutinho, and Ansu Fati are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Athletic Club, with the team beating Elche on the road thanks to Marcos Llorente’s goal. Anyhow, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Renan Rodi should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
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 Rojiblancos 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.