After a sensational defeat, and even a dry one in Germany from Shakhtar, the Catalans, with some difficulty, beat Alaves at the Olimpico with a score of 2:1.
Before the start of the match, Barça was in third place with 30 points, behind the leading Girona 4 points and the second Real Madrid two points. On the road, Barcelona has the 4th statistic in the division, +3=3-0, 11:8 goal difference.
The Catalan club has a big problem. Gavi was out until the end of the season because he tore his ligaments. The midfielder Barcelona would least like to lose. The loss of Gavi is completely fatal, because he had no equal in terms of efficiency in the center of the field.
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This loss before the match is further aggravated by the fact that Frankie de Jong is in an unclear state. He had not played for a long time due to injury, but then received the green light from the doctors.
Without Gavi, perhaps without De Jong, not with the best form of Pedri, who also previously missed a lot due to injury – this is an opportunity for Atlético.
Atlético before the match
No, Atlético, of course, sometimes misfires, but it does so extremely rarely. It is absolutely impossible to go without defeats. And while infrequently the “mattress pockets” go out to those matches in which the sign, to put it mildly, is not at all loud. The last one, against Las Palmas, was relatively recently. Therefore, I think that Madrid will not lose in the near future. The team is currently undefeated in the Champions League. Yes, on the road they only play in draws.
In Rome, she missed out on an offensive victory in the last minutes (1-1 with Lazio). And in Scotland they clearly underestimated their opponent (2-2). But, having made the right conclusions, Simeone’s team destroyed Celtic in the second personal meeting (6-0). I think the “mattress guys” have worked on their mistakes and after the battle with Feyenoord they are ready for a positive result away from home.
Barcelona’s latest results suggest that the Catalans are somewhat overrated. The Blue Garnets lost to Real Madrid 1:2 in the home Clasico and lost to Shakhtar, which has quite a lot of problems even in the Ukrainian Championship. And in the last round of the Spanish Championship, Barça was unable to beat Rayo in Madrid, although it was inferior not only to Real, to which it had previously lost, but also to Girona, its geographical neighbor.
We believe that the Madridists will be able to give the fight to the current champion of Spain and even if they lose, it will be by no more than one goal. In general, we won’t be surprised if the guests are able to bring one point back from Barcelona, we can hardly count on a win, but the team is quite capable of securing a draw.