5 reasons why Barcelona will find it hard to beat Atletico Madrid this weekend
Barcelona have gotten off to a great start this season with 7 wins from 7 games, amidst the turmoil surrounding the Catalan independence. They defeated Las Palmas in an empty stadium at Camp Nou in their last La Liga fixture.
Meanwhile, Atletico are unbeaten this season and are playing in their new stadium Wanda Metropolitano. Diego Simeone's side stands at 4th in the La Liga table with 15 points from 7 games. They play Barcelona next in the La Liga at home in the Wanda Metropolitano.
Let's see the 5 reasons why Barcelona will find it hard to beat Atletico Madrid
#5 Atletico Madrid's work rate without the ball is remarkable
Barcelona hold the ball all day and pass and dribble their way into the opponents box to score. This has been their formula for success. Atletico are at their very best when opponents have the ball and try to dribble past their defence.
Diego Simeone's side is well-drilled for this type of attack as they get numbers in the box, all of whom are well-trained in cutting the passes and dribbles. Atletico players start working more when they don't have the ball, making them a really good defensive unit.
Atletico allowed fewer shots than anyone else in Europe last season. They eliminate space down the middle and will make it hard for Messi and Co. to penetrate their defence. Barcelona forwards will rarely get enough space to create something meaningful.