Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups
Fresh from Wednesday’s three-goal defeat to Benfica in the Champions League, Barcelona will resume their La Liga campaign with a clash against Atlético de Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night.
The defeat in Portugal put pressure on Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, but Spanish champions Atlético de España will enter the game after an impressive 2-1 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League.
Atlético made a strong defense of the 2021-22 La Liga title, winning four and drawing two of their first six games, but have fallen to fourth place in the table thanks to last weekend’s surprising loss to Alavés, which he had lost all the leagues. game this season before the clash with the giants of the capital.
However, Diego Simeone’s team is only three points behind division leader Real Madrid, and as mentioned, it will enter this match after an impressive Champions League victory, having come back to beat the Italian giant AC Milan at San Siro on Tuesday night.
Milan took the lead in the 20th minute of the match through Rafael Leao, but Antoine Griezmann leveled the score in the 84th minute before Luis Suárez scored a spectacular winning goal in the 97th minute for the visitors.
Atlético will now seek to return to the path of victory in the top flight in Spain and put pressure on Koeman, who is expected to continue in command of Saturday’s clash at the Wanda Metropolitano, although the Dutchman will not be on the bench, since he is serving. the second from a two-game touchline suspension.
The rojiblancos earned a 1-0 win over Barcelona when the two teams met in Madrid last season, and the capital giants are undefeated in their last three La Liga matches with opponents on Saturday, having added one point in a goalless draw when they last met at the Camp Nou in May.
Barring surprises, there will be no managerial change in Barcelona before this match, but it seems unlikely Koeman will keep his job for much longer unless there is a major form change.
Barcelona have not been at their best in La Liga this season, but it has not been a disastrous start, as they remain undefeated in six games, adding three wins and three draws to add 12 points, which has left them in the sixth position in the table, five points behind the leader Real Madrid with one game less.
Indeed, a victory on Saturday makes the outlook much prettier for the Catalan giants, but they are last in their Champions League group, having lost their first two games 3-0 to Bayern Munich and Benfica.
The Catalan giants managed a 3-0 victory over Levante in the league last time, but have struggled to draw with Granada and Cádiz in recent weeks, and there is no doubt that it has been difficult for the team to find their rhythm after a harsh summer, largely due to its financial troubles.
It remains to be seen if Koeman is still in command of the clash with Valencia on October 17, but Barcelona, despite their problems, have players to go on to win at the Wanda Metropolitano, and it will be fascinating to see what happens in the Spanish capital. Saturday night.