Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will meet within the Spanish league on Saturday after each dealing with setbacks throughout the worldwide break. Atlético, which has an opportunity to open a nine-point lead over its Catalan rival, will probably be with out ahead Luis Suárez for the match on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Suárez would have been dealing with his outdated membership for the primary time however he examined constructive for the coronavirus whereas on obligation with Uruguay’s nationwide workforce.
A second take a look at on Wednesday was additionally constructive, forcing him to stay in isolation. Newly signed Atlético midfielder Lucas Torreira additionally examined constructive whereas with the Uruguayan nationwide workforce and gained’t be accessible both.
Barcelona, in the meantime, will probably be with out Sergio Busquets, who was injured whereas taking part in with Spain’s nationwide workforce.
There had been numerous hype surrounding Suárez’s assembly with Barcelona, which let the striker go within the offseason after coach Ronald Koeman arrived to revamp the squad.
It’s not all unfavorable for Atlético, nevertheless. A few of the workforce’s gamers did effectively with their nationwide groups over the break, Jorge “Koke” Resurrección, Renan Lodi and João Félix amongst them.
Koke helped Spain rout Germany 6-0, whereas Lodi performed in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Uruguay and Félix scored a purpose in Portugal’s 3-2 victory over Croatia.
“We’re going to arrive for this match very motivated,” Félix mentioned. “Everyone knows Barcelona, they prefer to hold possession and they’re going to make us run greater than common. But when we play our sport, we can have an incredible match. These are the matches that we prefer to play, towards good groups, towards nice gamers.”
Barcelona additionally had a number of gamers out on worldwide obligation, together with Lionel Messi with Argentina.
Messi returned to Spain on Wednesday and vented after being requested in regards to the criticism directed at him by a former agent of teammate Antoine Griezmann.
“To be sincere, I’m a bit uninterested in at all times being the issue for all the pieces on this membership,” Messi mentioned.
He additionally complained about having to bear an inspection by Spanish tax officers on the airplane upon his arrival.
Actual Sociedad leads the league with 20 factors, three greater than third-place Atlético and 9 greater than eighth-place Barcelona. Each Atlético and Barcelona have two video games in hand, nevertheless.
Actual Sociedad visits sixth-place Cádiz on Sunday, whereas second-place Villarreal, two factors off the lead, hosts Actual Madrid on Saturday.
Madrid is in fourth place with 16 factors and has one sport in hand. The defending champions additionally acquired some dangerous information throughout the worldwide break when captain Sergio Ramos injured his proper leg in Spain’s rout of Germany within the Nations League on Tuesday.
Madrid’s different central defender, Raphael Varane, was injured whereas taking part in for France.
In different matches this weekend, Sevilla hosts struggling Celta Vigo on Saturday, and Valencia visits Alavés on Sunday.