Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid by JerryDrake
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The best Spanish attack (89 goals scored in Primera División) host the best Spanish defense (22 goals condeded in the Spanish league) for the first leg of the Champions League Quarter Finals.
Good form for Barcelona which seemed to experience a crisis and solved it with 5 consecutive wins: 1 in Champions League with Manchester City and 4 in Primera División where they defeated Osasuna at home 7-0, Real Madrid 4-3 in Madrid, 3-0 Celta at home and 1-0 Espanyol.
Atletico Madrid won 6 in a row: 4-1 to Milan in CL and 5 more wins with Celta Vigo, Espanyol, Betis, Granada and Athletic Bilbao.
Although Atletico Madrid is considered to be as the emerging team in Europe as they are now leading the Spanish league with 76 points, 1 more than Barca and 3 more than Real, we can not forget how strong Barcelona are in Europe. In their last 4 CL games they defeated Ajax (4-0), Milan (3-1), Celtic (6-1) and Manchester City (2-1). Atletico Madrid had a easier group where they eliminated Zenit and Austria Vienna before facing (and eliminating) Milan in the Round of 16. Before scoring in Milan they suffered a lot and risked to lose that match.
For this game Barcelona will miss goalkeeper Valdes who will be substituted by Pinto. Atletico Madrid will miss Raul Garcia. In the last training session Diego Costa was the first to take a shower because of an injury. Diego Simeone, trainer of Atletico, stated that “it will be difficult to see him play tomorrow”.
With or without the vice top scorer of the Primera División, I think that the experience of Barcelona will be decisive tomorrow.
Barcelona (possible line-up): Pinto, Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi, Sanchez. Trainer: Martino
Atletico Madrid (possible line-up): Courtois, Filipe Luis, Miranda, Godín, Juanfran, Koke, Suarez, Gabi, Arda turan, Villa, Diego Costa. Trainer: Simeone
Not available: Puyol, Valdes, Dos Santos (Barcelona), Raul Garcia, Javi Manquillo (Atletico Madrid)
Doubt: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
Bet: Barcelona AH-1, 1.95 Bet365, stake: 8/10
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