Atletico ready to host Barca

2015-09-10 13:41
Filipe Luis (Getty Images)
Filipe Luis (Getty Images)

Madrid - Barcelona and Atletico Madrid get to test their strength in the first big match of the season in the Spanish league.

A victory at the Vicente Calderon Stadium can provide a hint about Barcelona's chances of retaining its title, or show that Atletico has what it takes to contend for another trophy.

The league's last two champions have been perfect so far this year, with two wins in two matches.

"Every player wants to be in a match like this. It's going to be an incredible atmosphere at the Calderon," Atletico Madrid left back Filipe Luis said.

"Barcelona is always a favorite to win every match, but we have the advantage of playing at home."

Atletico opened its quest for its second league title in three years with a 1-0 win over newcomer Las Palmas and a convincing 3-0 victory at Sevilla, while Barcelona managed 1-0 victories at Athletic Bilbao and against Malaga.

Although Real Madrid remains Barcelona's main opponent, the rivalry against Atletico has gained increased significance following high-profile encounters the last few years, including in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. Barcelona has won four matches in a row coming into Saturday's encounter, though, including the decisive league match last season at the Calderon.

"Both teams know each other very well," Luis said.

"We know Barcelona will control possession of the ball and we will defend hard and try to create chances on counterattacks."

Barcelona are expected to travel to Madrid without Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo because of a left-leg muscle injury that kept him from practicing during most of the week. Atletico coach Diego Simeone should have most of his regular starters available.

Read more on:    atletico madrid  |  barcelona  |  la liga  |  filipe luis  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.