Atlético de Madrid hosts FC Barcelona for this tenth round of La Liga action. This is what Diego Simeone and Ronald Koeman have prepared for us.
La Liga may have lost some of its prestige and glamour in recent years, but there’s no doubt that the world of football will have its eyes glued to the Wanda Metropolitano tonight, where Atlético de Madrid welcomes FC Barcelona for a huge clash (to be followed live on Foot Mercato from 9pm). Undefeated in the league, the Colchoneros are making a huge start to the season, led by an excellent João Félix. Second best attack and best defence in the league, the Colchoneros are third, three points behind the leader, Real Sociedad, and two games behind.
Opposite them is Barcelona, whom Diego Simeone has never yet managed to beat in the league. What if this was the ideal opportunity to do so? Ronald Koeman’s team is not always serene at the moment, especially away from home, and has big gaps in its defence. But the Catalans can’t afford any more mistakes and they have to win, otherwise they will be seriously dropped.
Simeone has never beaten Barça in La Liga
For this duel, the Argentine coach was deprived of several elements, such as Luis Suarez and Lucas Torreira, who tested positive for coronavirus, and Hector Herrera, who had become important in midfield. Jan Oblak is therefore expected in the cages, protected by a Savic-Giménez duo. On the flanks, Trippier and Renan Lodi are expected to be present. The duo in the middle will be Koke and Saul, with Carrasco and Marcos Llorente on the wings. Up front, the duo Félix-Correa will want to challenge the Catalan defence.
Ronald Koeman is without Ansu Fati, injured, and Busquets. Ter Stegen will be present in the cages, with Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet and Alba in the defence. Pjanic and De Jong will compose the double-pivot, supporting Messi, Dembélé and Pedri. Finally, Antoine Griezmann will play as a point guard against his former team. Coutinho should make his return to the competition after coming off the bench.