Atlético de Madrid, to dynamite LaLiga and Barcelona tonight

A misstep by those from Setién will leave the title on a platter for Real Madrid and set Can Barça on fire even more. If Atleti win tonight, they certify their place in the Champions League.


The electric atmospheres of the Barça-Atlético are always missed, but tonight the flammable material is left over at the Camp Nou (follow the match live on As.com). In addition to weapons players, take as Suárez, Vidal or Diego Costa; of coaches or assistants who live the match on fire like Simeone or Eder Sarabia, there is a new threat of fire in the dressing room of Barça, with frequent disagreements between technicians and sacred cows. Setién, who spoke almost mystically yesterday ("I have to free my conscience") and used the self-expiration hose ("and I'm going to feel that way until the last day"), arrived stripped of authority at Barça and that's how things stand . If Atlético conquers the Les Corts neighborhood tonight, Barça can explode.

The thesis says that Atlético will not win at the Camp Nou. Simeone has played 16 times in LaLiga against Barça and has not won any (11 losses and five draws). The antithesis, however, recalls that Atlético won the last confrontation between them in the Super Cup (2-3) and that if there is anyone capable of winning it is Simeone, because he is already the coach of history with the most league wins in the club : 195 wins in 320 games. A capital mattress legend. And the conclusion is that it is impossible to determine what can happen because Atlético's locker room follows the doctrine of their coach, but Barça has the best player in the world and the last time they met on December 1, 2019 Simeone ended up applauding a wonderful soccer exercise by Messi, who decided the match on the hour with the goal that put the icing on his sixth Ballon d'Or.

Footballically, the match should be exciting. The principles of Simeone and Setién are in the antipodes, although that of the Cantabrian has been more theory than practice. Barça has ended up looking much more like what Valverde designed by mandate of the players. Still, it is an interesting clash of styles. With players like Morata, João Félix, Diego Costa, Koke (now absent), Saúl or Thomas, it is somewhat gross to say that Atlético de la postconfinamiento is Atlético de Marcos Llorente. But this is the way of Simeone. Inscrutable, but simple: "I saw that Llorente in training marked and marked ...". And it has led him to the position of playmaker. It will be interesting to see how Busquets handles his movements between lines.

Barça will not come out in a rush. Basically, because he cannot and is aware of how the Super Cup semi-final escaped him after shaking Atlético for 70 minutes. Atleti may also have their doubts. Going for Barça from the beginning or bursting it at the end, when this veteran group shows the seams. A game of chess, as Setién would say. But it is impossible to think, when there is so much talent, that the game will be decided on a blackboard and not on an inspiration. If Atleti win tonight at the Camp Nou, it does not only certify their place in the Champions League. Makes LaLiga fly.



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