DIRECT RIVALS IN LALIGA
The keys to the Barça-Atlético 'final': A fierce chess game
Published:6/02/2022 - 00:26h
Updated:6/02/2022 - 00:26h
FC Barcelona hosts Diego Simeone's Atlético de Madrid this Sunday in an epic duel to consolidate their aspirations for the Laliga championship, as only one point separates them in the table
It arrives a new 'final' for the FC Barcelona of Xavi Hernández. This Sunday 6 February, the first Barcelona team will receive to the Athletic of Madrid in the Camp Nou in a party that will be transcendental spara both combined, as they will play the fourth square of the classification of LaLiga: the Barça, fifth in the table, sum 35 points, one less than the 'Atleti'.
Therefore, if there is a key point in this game is that both pictures will defend with zeal his goals to avoid the triumph of the contrary. To the cuador colchonero would suffice him achieve a tie in his visit to the Catalan city to keep a distance on his perseguidor nearer; clear that said result no surtiría the same effect in the culés that need to add of to three to continue escalando positions.
It is clear that will not be simple. It aims to be a tactical duel. Xavi Hernández will defend his idea of game, will keep faithful to his conception of an offensive game and has the tools to attain it doing use of his new signings (Adama Traoré, Aubameyang, Ferran Torres), in addition to the own Ousmane Dembélé that would be included in the plans of the technician egarense. By his part, Diego Simeone will arm his usual defensive wall to neutralise any attack culé, also of the bet by the speed of his pieces to break with the contrary defence.
Splitting of the premise in that both pictures will look for to save his goal, the solidity of the midfield will be fundamental to disarm any played that geste by the medullary. If the midfield players fail, the dangers deep down will represent a capital problem so much for the Athletic as for the Barcelona. In the case of the Barcelona team, will have to bet fundamentally by the abstemiousness of Sergio Busquets like vertebral column.
If there is a factor that the Atleti and the Barça have in common is the presence of swift players by the bands that can create contragolpes effective to hurt to the rival. Joao Félix will be fundamental to fulfil this task for the colchoneros, in company of Thomas Lemar. By his part, the Barcelona contarña surely with the presence of Ousmane, swift in the extreme to the equal that Traoré, pertinent of the Premier League. Find the arch will be his main task.
'Curse' of the Athletic
From it does exactly 16 years, the Athletic does not attain to win to the FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou. Up to now, Simeone has not achieved to give with the key to carry a victory in his visit to the Catalan city, feudo that more has resisted him with 14 visits without attaining bend the result. The last occasion sucedió on 5 February 2006, does exactly 16 years, when a team headed by Fernando Torres imposed by 1-3 with doublet of the Boy and a goal of Maxi Rodríguez.