Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Match preview
In the second semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, they will play Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. The Catalans arrive in Jeddah as champions, while Atletico are here thanks to a new system in this competition.
Unlike in previous seasons, when the Super Cup was played at the beginning of the season and in which the champion and the winner of the Cup were competing, four first-ranked teams from the previous championship are now competing.
Those are actually the representatives of Spain in the Champions League. The venue is also new as Spanish clubs travel to Saudi Arabia to decide on the first trophy of the season.
Barcelona team news:
The champion of Spain wants to win the first trophy of the season. Perhaps the date of the Super Cup game is not the happiest, as it comes just after the La Liga resumption, and a month before the Champions League knockout phase begins.
Basically, anyway, Barcelona enters every competition with the desire to lift the winning trophy. Their first rival is the team which they won just over a month ago in the Championship.
After a city derby last weekend, Barca is still in first place in the standings with Real, as it failed to beat the last-ranked team. They were leading with 2: 1, but were left without De Jong, so Wu Lei settled in the 88th minute.
Despite several championship draws, the Catalans were last defeated back in early November when they played against Levante. They lost in Valencia with 3: 1, which was a first class sensation. After that game, Barcelona tied 12 matches, counting all competitions, without defeat.
Probable lineup: Neto, Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Vidal, Busquets, De Jong, Griezmann, Messi, Suarez.
Atletico Madrid team news:
Madrid team has three consecutive wins in La Liga, but they are not in great shape. The wins against Betis and Levante at 2: 1 and Osasuna were not easy ones.
The defeat against Barcelona was very painful, because then they could climb to the top of the table. Now they are five points behind Real and Barcelona. The race for the title is not lost, but they are in a situation where they cannot afford a single kickoff when they are already unable to win derby two Spanish greats.
Barça has not been in tune with Athletic for years. The Catalans have won five in the past nine duels and four have ended with a draw, while Atletico last celebrated, not counting two Champions League triumphs back in 2010. Perhaps winning the Super Cup would not be the greatest desire of Diego Simeone.
As far as the Champions League is concerned, Atletico went through to the next round.
Probable lineup: Oblak, Trippier, Felipe, Gimenez, Lodi, Koke, Partey, Saul Niguez, Correa, Joao Felix, Morata.
A very hard match to predict. Atletico has a strong defense, while Barcelona has great attacking force. Still, we believe that there will maximum two goals in this match.
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