5 Key Battles Which Could Decide Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid!


5 Key Battles Which Could Decide Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid!

The top two in La Liga meet this Saturday in a game which could decide beyond all reasonable doubt the destiny of the title. Barcelona will have an 11 point advantage if they win the game with just 7 to play after this. That would give them a huge amount of freedom to really focus all their energies on their bid to win the Champions League again.

Atletico Madrid though will be out to cause an upset and cut the gap to 5 points by claiming a rare win at Camp Nou. That would also give them the superior head-to-head record and would suggest that the title race may be back on after all. Therefore it’s a very significant game and we’ve highlighted five key battles that could decide it.

Read our full match preview and betting tips for Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid here.

Clement Lenglet vs Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann

You sense Antoine Griezmann needs to have a big game if Atletico Madrid are going to get the win they desperately need to stay in the title hunt. This will be his first trip to Camp Nou since turning down a move to Barcelona last summer. He is rumoured to be reconsidering his options and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of reaction he gets from the Catalan fans here.

He’s likely to be up against compatriot Clement Lenglet. The 23 year old has had a pretty good first season at Camp Nou. He has played a lot more than expected due to the injury problems of Samuel Umtiti, who returned to the team in midweek at Villarreal. He looked well short of match sharpness though in a poor display as Barca conceded 4 goals which suggests Lenglet is almost certain to return here and will most likely keep his place for the trip to Old Trafford.

Griezmann will certainly test Lenglet more than almost any other opponent he has faced this season. How Lenglet copes in this and other big games coming up, may help Barcelona decide whether or not to splash the cash on a new centre-back in the summer.