The Champions League is back this week and Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the competition this week.
Atletico Madrid have shown over the last few years that they are a force to be reckoned with and the Catalan giants will have to be at their very best to get through to the semi-finals.
Luis Enrique is aware of Atletico’s strengths and knows that Barcelona’s win over Atletico in the League won’t mean much here. This is a completely different scenario and it will be quite a challenge beating Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid over the two legs.
The away side are one of the best defensive sides in Europe and will be desperate to head back with a draw and an away goal from Camp Nou.
It should be a fascinating encounter between La Liga’s best attack and best defence.
After a loss against Real Madrid in El Clasico last week, Barcelona will be determined to bounce back with a statement win and this is a great opportunity for them to put things right in front of their own fans.
Mathieu and Adriano are the only injury concerns for Barcelona and Luis Enrique should be able to field his strongest starting lineup.
As for Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone will be delighted with the return of Diego Godin. Gimenez is a doubt for the Barcelona clash. Stefan Savic is expected to fill in for the Uruguayan defender.
Possible Starting Lineups
Barcelona starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Atletico Madrid starting lineup: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Luis; Koke, Gabi, Tiago, Saul; Griezman, Torres
Barcelona have won their last 6 matches against Atletico in all competitions.
Atletico have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 Champions League matches.
Atletico Madrid have lost their last 5 matches against Barcelona by just 1 goal.