Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, LIVE: LaLiga action as it happens
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, LIVE: Barca hope to avoid a first LaLiga defeat by Diego Simeone’s side for 10 YEARS as they look to get domestic campaign back on track
- Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri, Dembele, Griezmann, Messi
- Atletico Madrid starting XI: Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso, Koke, Saul, Llorente, Carrasco, Felix, Correa
- Atletico Madrid have started the season well and are in the title race
- Barcelona meanwhile have stumbled to mid-table after taking 11 points from 21
15min: Such as enjoyable first 15 minutes. Lionel Messi plays Demebele into space again down the right but with Griezmann waiting inside the box for a cross and a tap-in, Dembele’s low ball is crucially turned behind for a corner – one Atleti clear.
12min: Off the bar. Atleti’s football has been outstanding so far. A slick passing move finds Marcos Llorente inside the box but his rising drive crashes off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
9min: Only one way to stop Dembele so far, foul him. Koke purposefully stops an attack by pulling him down on the corner of the penalty box to pick up the game’s first yellow card.
6min: Cracking start to this game. Now Atleti build down the left where Yannick Carrasco squares for Saul Niguez 25 yards, whose first time top corner bound strike is very well beaten behind by Marc Ander ter-Stegen.
3min: Half-chance for Barca. Ousmane Dembele makes a wonderful run to receive a pass on the right flank before he plays a cross to the near post. Former Atleti star Antoine Griezmann gets on the end of it but under heavy pressure he can only divert it over the crossbar.
Lionel Messi and former Atleti playmaker Antoine Griezmann looked well prepared in the warm up.
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Incredibly it’s been 10 years since Atletico Madrid defeated Barcelona in the league. Will today be the day?
Barcelona of course have two games in hand with many of the teams above them – three with Villarreal so we can expect them to make a march from 10th.
Big opportunity for Atletico though who can go top with a rare win over Barca.
Of course the headline there is Real Madrid dropping points again with a 1-1 draw at Villarreal. It was the hosts who will perhaps be ruing the result more though as they miss out on the chance to go top.
Spanish football is back and they don’t come much more bigger than Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona. Team news is just dropping now so good evenig all and welcome to our live coverage as it happens.
The return of LaLiga following the international break brings a heavyweight clash as Atletico Madrid host Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone’s side have started the season well and entered the weekend third in the table and well in the hunt in the title race. However counterpart Ronald Koeman has so far struggled to get Barca firing in the league as they sit mid-table with just 11 points from seven games.
As Atletico chase a first league win over Barca for over 10 years, follow all the action as it happens from the 8pm GMT kick-off with Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY.
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