The La Liga second placed team welcome in the Champions league semi-finals first leg match, Diego Simeone’s men who currently hold the first place having a one point more than the Catalan club.
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With both teams in a hot run for the league title, teams turn focus on Champions league competition, where Barca led by Lionel Messi, who is just four goals short of Raul’s Champions League goalscoring record, is hoping to have one over Atletico Madrid who whom Diego Costa is ready after picking an injury on the training.
In the last round Barcelona FC knocked out English side, Manchester City , while Atletico disposed of Italian side, AC Milan. Both teams are on the good run, with Barca winning 5 games in a row, while Atletico is on run of 6 straight games won.
Speaking of ther mutual encounters this season, they met three teams and each time they finished without a winner. At the beginning of the season in the Super Cup twice they drew, but Barcelona won the trophy due to away goals, and La Liga game in Madrid ended with the score 0-0. Atletico is without a win at the Nou Camp since 2006.
Team probable lineups :
Barcelona FC : Pinto; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Fàbregas, Messi, Neymar
Atletico Madrid : Courtois; Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Filipe; Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Arda; Villa, Costa
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