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LALIGA: Massive clash on cards as Atletico de Madrid faces FC Barcelona

Los Rojiblancos and Los Azulgranas will face off in a duel that could prove decisive in terms of who finishes where at the top end of the table.

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LALIGA EA SPORTS is reaching the business end of the season and Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona are two of those teams and they’ll meet this Sunday in one of the most attractive fixtures remaining this term.

There is still so much to be decided, especially at the top end of the table as there are so many teams fighting for the same objectives.  There is a lot at stake, given that these three points could determine who finishes where in the race for Europe.

Atlético de Madrid want a victory in order to put their recent slip-up against Cádiz CF behind them and in order to maintain their lead over Athletic Club in the fight for fourth place, which is the final Champions League ticket for next season. FC Barcelona, meanwhile, are still chasing down Real Madrid, looking to close the gap on Los Blancos in the title race.

Diego Simeone’s side are currently fourth with 55 points, two ahead of their nearest challengers Athletic Club. Six points ahead of Atleti are Xavi’s side, who with 61 points are not far behind leaders Real Madrid on 69.

Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona in LALIGA

With 10 games left to play, anything is possible for either of these teams, so long as they leave the Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano with three points. With Matchday 38 and the end of the season so close, if either team loses then they could be forced to sweat over the final weeks.

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When they first met this season, in Barcelona, Xavi’s side won 1-0 thanks to a goal from João Félix, who is currently on loan from Los Rojiblancos. João Félix will once again be one of the main focal points in this match, as it’ll be interesting to see how he is received by the Atlético de Madrid fans and because he can decide evenly matched games like this one with his talent.

The good news for Xavi is that he has several players he can turn to for a golden moment. The coach also has Lamine Yamal, the breakout star of this LALIGA EA SPORTS season, as well as Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski or João Cancelo. They’re all capable of changing a match with one piece of play.

Interestingly, Atlético de Madrid haven’t lost at home in LALIGA EA SPORTS since January 2023, which was actually against FC Barcelona. This season, Atleti are the best home team in the competition, with 40 points from 14 games (13 wins and a draw).

It will be fascinating to observe the tactical duel between Simeone, who usually plays with five at the back, including his two wing-backs, and Xavi, who relies on wingers to generate a lot of his attacking play. The flanks could, therefore, be key for both sides. So far, Xavi has won the previous tactical battles against the Argentinian, having triumphed in all four of their meetings as coaches.