After guiding Argentina through the qualifiers and securing a spot in World Cup 2018 for his team, the little magician, Lionel Messi and Co. now face Atletico in a tricky away game. Barcelona would like to win this match and maintain their perfect start to the season, wherein as of now they have won all 8 games across all competitions.
Meanwhile, Atletico are getting back in rhythm after a clumsy start to the season, as they find themselves within a point of second place. This weekend, the Wanda Metropolitano will host the first league match between Atletico and Barcelona. Atletico’s beautiful new home will be bouncing, and Diego Simeone’s side will need their 12th man to be in fine form as they attempt to derail Barcelona’s 100% start to the campaign.
But this game finds itself surrounded by dark clouds of the Catalonia Independence issue, and the political unrest across Madrid and whole Spain.
Atletico have also made an unbeaten start to the season, with four wins and three draws seeing them occupy the fourth position in the table. Atletico suffered a 2-1 disappointing defeat against Chelsea in the champions league and a slumping draw against Leganes in the last league match before entering the International break. They would now want to start afresh in their new home ground as they see their star players return.
Oblak; Gimenez, Godin, Savic, Hernandez; Koke, Saul, Gabi; Carrasco, Griezmann, Correa
The Catalans look in a superb form after being invincible till now. They have won straight 7 games in the league but face a real test against Atletico Madrid. The Catalan giants are in perfect shape with their star player Lionel Messi in an absolute lethal mode. Adding to their confidence, Iniesta is reported to be fit till Sunday and ready for the game. However, Luis Suarez’s bad form continues to be a woe for the team.
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho; Deulofeu, Suarez, Messi.
Augusto Fernandez, Filipe Luiz and Lucas Hernandez remain out for Atletico Madrid for an indefinite period.
Rafinha is out for Barcelona with a meniscus injury, while long-term absentee Ousmane Dembele will not return until January.
Arda Turan is also injured and will not face his former club.
Date: 15th October 2017
Time: 12.15 AM(IST)