Atletico Madrid hosts Barcelona in round 10 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, November 21st at Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
Taking into account all the problems of competitors in the struggle for the title, the Mattress Makers got a unique chance to win gold. Diego Simeone is well aware of the capabilities of his players, and the management of Atletico has provided the team with good reinforcement. At this stage of the season, the team is on the third line in the LaLiga standings (two games in reserve). In the Champions League, the capital club claims to reach the playoffs of the tournament. In the summer, the club signed contracts with Suarez (the former player of Barca won’t help his new team because of illness), Condogbia, and Carrasco and took Torreira on loan from Arsenal. The team is habitually focused on reinforced concrete defense, where Jimenez, Oblak, Trippier, and Lodi shine. Saul, Llorente, and Koke are in good shape.
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The Catalans have an unstable start to the current season. Barcelona is in the middle of the national championship standings. In the Champions League, the affairs of Koeman's men are much better, and they almost guaranteed themselves promotion to the 1/8 finals. The coaching staff conducts active personnel experiments, gradually launching the process of restructuring. The biggest concern is the team's work in defense, where Pique has lost speed, and the rest of the players do not reach the top level. The bet is actively made on young human resources, where such talented players as Fati, De Jong, Pedri, and Dembele are a priority. However, Messi, Busquets, ter Stegen, and Alba still play the leading role in the team.
At this stage of the Spanish championship, the Mattress Makers look a lot more interesting than the Catalans in terms of the organization of the game. Barcelona is acting too primitive in the attack, trying to gain results at the expense of the individual qualities of its players. Atletico will shut out much as possible and will use counterattacks. There is a feeling that the hosts will manage to gain at least a draw.
Prediction for the match: Atletico Madrid to win with +0.5 handicap