Madrid: Atletico Madrid trainer Diego Simeone believes Barcelona sojourn a benchmark, forward of Wednesday’s initial blockbuster strife of a La Liga deteriorate between his Champions League finalists and a Spanish champions.
Simeone’s group dumped Barca out of a Champions League for a second time in 3 years final season, though a Argentine has nonetheless to ambience feat opposite a Catalans in La Liga during his five-year reign.
“They continue to play shining football and have a players that many make a disproportion away and collectively,” Simeone pronounced on Tuesday.
“Despite a fact they didn’t win a Champions League final year, that puts them in an implausible place.”
Barca’s dual victories in La Liga meetings between a sides final deteriorate valid wilful in a pretension competition as Atletico finished only 3 points adrift of Luis Enrique’s men, in third.
Atletico haven’t won during a Camp Nou given Fernando Torres scored twice in a 3-1 feat during his initial army during a bar in 2006.
However, Torres believes Atletico transport to Barcelona during a right time after conflict 10 goals though respond in their final 3 games.
“It’s a good time to revisit Barcelona,” he pronounced after concealment twice in Atletico’s 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Gijon on Saturday.
“It seems like they are personification as we have turn accustomed to. They are a many formidable competition we have faced in a final few years though a doubt and we know how formidable it will be.
“But when we are winning and personification good it always gives we that small some-more confidence.”
Yet, both sides face being cut adrift in a early using for a pretension with Barca already 3 points behind joining leaders Real Madrid and Atletico a serve indicate back.
“They are one of a best teams in La Liga and clearly a contender for all a titles as always in Simeone’s reign,” warned Barca trainer Enrique.
“There hasn’t been an easy diversion opposite Atletico Madrid in a past few years.
“They are a approach pretension opposition and these are 3 really critical points.”
Enrique will have a oppulance of backing adult Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in conflict after a distinguished contingent scored 10 times in their initial dual starts of a deteriorate together in Barca’s final dual games.
Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets will also lapse after being complacent for a 5-1 thrashing of Leganes on Saturday, while Javier Mascherano will partner Gerard Pique during a heart of a counterclaim in a deficiency of a harmed Samuel Umtiti.
Real eye record
Real can extend their lead during a tip before Barca and Atletico flog off and set a La Liga record with a 17th true win during home to Villarreal progressing on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale missed Sunday’s 2-0 win during Espanyol due to illness and damage respectively, though both are set to return.
“They are fine. They have lerned normally, a dual of them are 100 percent,” pronounced Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday.
Victory during a weekend saw Real set a new bar record for uninterrupted joining wins and compare a 16 true wins Barcelona managed underneath Pep Guardiola in 2010/11.
However, Zidane warned annals will meant zero if Real don’t end a five-year drought though a joining pretension come May.
“The annals are good and we are going to try to keep winning. That is what we want, though we haven’t won anything,” combined a Frenchman.
In a deficiency of a harmed Casemiro and complacent Luka Modric, James Rodriguez is expected to be handed only his second start of a deteriorate in midfield after opening a scoring during Espanyol.
At a bottom of a list Valencia are looking to collect adult their initial points of a deteriorate when halt trainer Voro takes assign for a revisit of Alaves on Thursday following a sacking of Pako Ayestaran.