Barcelona Vs Atl Madrid Live Football Match Score 8/1/2023

Barcelona Vs Atl Madrid Live Football Match Score 8/1/2023

Barcelona are set to take on Atletico Madrid in La Liga this weekend in what can prove to be a very crucial clash in the title race. Xavi’s men sit atop the Spanish league table but are level on points with Real Madrid. Barcelona will be hoping to bounce back from their 1-1 draw against Espanyol and find a way to get past Atletico. The derby was a game marred by controversy but Xavi’s men have no excuses for not being clinical. Atletico Madrid on the other hand are fourth in the La Liga table with 27 points, 11 behind the league leaders. They already look out of the title race but would garner some hope should they beat Barcelona on Sunday. Diego Simeone’s side are coming off a rather impressive 2-0 win over Elche. Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata scored for the Spanish club with former Barça player Griezmann providing the assist for both goals.

Barcelona have some huge misses for the game against Atletico. Robert Lewandowski is out due to a three-match suspension whilst Jordi Alba will also miss the game due to a red card that he got last time around. Ahead of such an important clash, Barça Universal takes a look at the three key battles that could decide which way the game goes. Barça come into this one in first place thanks to Villarreal’s surprising victory over Real Madrid on Saturday, which means the Blaugrana have a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table once again to three points. But the job won’t be easy as the Catalans will have to go up against one the toughest atmospheres in the country and what is always a brutal opponent in Diego Simeone’s Colchoneros, who are beginning to find themselves once again after struggling in the months before the World Cup break, which included a shocking fourth place finish in their Champions League group.

Perhaps a challenge for the league title is out of reach for Simeone’s side at this point, but they can begin dreaming of it if they get a win against the leaders and find themselves eight points away from the top with a long way to go. Former Barça striker Antoine Griezmann has been one of the few bright spots in their season and will be looking for some revenge against his former club on Sunday. Atlético’s defense is not the same as previous years but remains strong and tough to break down, especially against a team like Barça that can have trouble creating at times. Xavi Hernández will make his first trip to the Wanda as Barça boss, and apart from the loss in El Clásico three months ago he has had a lot of success away from home with the Catalans. Atleti away is a totally different challenge, however, and getting a win in this one, especially without Robert Lewandowski and a crucial attacking piece like Jordi Alba, won’t be easy. But Real’s loss will be a source of motivation, and virtually ending whatever hopes of a title run that Atlético have will also be good news. Barça have to play well, be clinical with their chances (a tough ask lately), and find a way to get all three points.

Barça have mostly played very well and won their big road games in La Liga, but without Lewandowski I’m skeptical of their ability to have enough firepower in this one: 1-1 draw. Xavi Hernandez has a sole task for the remainder of the LaLiga Santander campaign, and that is for Barcelona to challenge for the domestic title, and they will resume their campaign with a tricky away trip to Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s charges have been struggling with an identity crisis throughout the 2022/23 season, which has contributed to a significant decline in results. The club are hoping to back their coach to ensure the team’s successful style remains effective, hence why Joao Felix has been put on the market, despite his incredible natural talent. The hosts have no real injury concerns to speak of, with Simeone boasting virtually a full array of talent for the match with the Blaugrana. Xavi, on the other hand, is regretting a lack of discipline from his players as both Jordi Alba and Robert Lewandowski will be unavailable for the match through suspension.

Atletico Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-4-2): Jan Oblak, Nahuel Molina, Jose Gimenez, Mario Hermoso, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Axel Witsel, Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann The LaLiga Santander meeting between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will take place at the Estadio Civitas Metropolitano on Sunday, January 8. For those living in the UK you can watch the game on LaLiga TV, while viewers in the USA can tune in via ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes. There are certain doubts over Kounde’s form coming into this important game following a less-than-ideal performance in the Copa del Rey clash against Intercity FC. Despite this, the Frenchman is expected to be ready to start against Atletico. He is likely to be pitted at the right-back against the Belgian wing-back Yannick Carrasco. Carrasco loves getting forward but being in a Simeone system, he has matured defensively as well. If one of Raphinha or Ousmane Dembele have a good game, it would pin Carrasco back in defence which would work well for Kounde.

On the other hand, Carrasco has caused quite a few problems for Barça in the past. If he has a good game going forward, Kounde might be left isolated against him, which could cause problems. This is where Raphinha’s work are might come in handy, should Xavi start him. Griezmann doesn’t have a fixed position in the Atletico team. On paper, he lines up as a part of a front two, or on the right-hand side or the left-hand side of a front three but he hardly plays there anymore. The French forward has adapted his game and is often found in midfield. He acts as the link between the attackers and midfielders and almost everything in the game goes through him. Of late, he has been having a Messi-esque influence on games. Griezmann is in the form of his life. He had a sensational World Cup with France and has three assists in two games since his return to club football. Against his former club, he will be determined to prove a point.

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