La Liga 18-19: Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid - 5 taking points
- Five talking points from the top of the table clash
#4 Atletico Madrid's compactness
Atletico Madrid have unarguably been one of Europe's most compact sides over the last few years, earning a reputation of being extremely difficult to break down ever since Diego Simeone took over the managerial reigns.
This compactness came to the fore in the matchup against Barcelona, as they found themselves one man down with more than an hour to go in the match.
Despite having a personnel deficit, Atletico deserve immense credit for holding their own against their more illustrious hosts, and going toe-to-toe with the defending La Liga champions.
Even though Barcelona had the presence of incredible forwards like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in addition to the advantage of an extra man, they absolutely found it difficult to break down their visitors, and for a long time, it felt like Barcelona would fail to get the three points they craved.
Atletico's resilience was finally broken in the 85th minute, with the final 2-0 scoreline not doing their performance enough justice. Even though their La Liga hopes might have been extinguished, that takes nothing away from the exquisite performance put up by Atletico Madrid.