Atletico Madrid and Barcelona sit atop the Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) table with 49 points apiece. Technically, Barcelona is in first with the better goal differential, but this game could decided who sits atop the table with three points. This match up is far and away the biggest game in Europe on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Madrid, they’re facing a Barcelona squad that has Lionel Messi back. In his return Wednesday in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey match against Getafe he scored two goals.
“I saw the goals, not the game. Messi is Messi,” Atletico marksman Diego Costa told www.clubatleticomadrid.com. “We’ve all missed him playing because he’s Messi, it will be nice to have him in the Calderon.
“I hope it’s not his day but we know he’ll be up for it as he’s been out for so long. But we’ve got people who can stop him.”
Costa also said Madrid is aware of the battle ahead of them.
“(The team) knows it will be a very difficult game because they are one of the best teams in the world but we know it is our time and we’re playing at home. We know that is very difficult and we want to take it to Barcelona.”
Date: January 11
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Madrid, Spain
Stadium: Estadio Vicente Calderón
TV Info: beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
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