Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: With the win against Atletico Madrid, Barcelona moved to the top spot of the La Liga table. All thanks to Lionel Messi for his late winner, when only four minutes were left in the game at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Ernesto Valverde, the coach of Barca, lavished praise on the Argentina footballer for helping the team to win and return to the top of the table.
Valverde said that the players like Messi always gives strength and advantage to the team fighting against strong opponents. The Barca manager said that he liked the overall team performance particular Messi’s saviour in the last part of the match.
Admitting that Barcelona struggled at the beginning, Valverde said that the team would look forward and would not think about the bad now. Messi has scored 11 goals in 10 games. Marc-Andre ter Stegen also played a crucial role in the match as he denied goals to Alvaro Morata and Mario Hermoso.
Before the game, Barcelona was at the third spot but the win moved them above Real Madrid. Diego Simeone, the manager of Atletico Madrid, expressed satisfaction over the team’s efforts, saying they played well as they controlled the stong Barca side in the first half.
Midfielder Saul, the midfielder of Atletico Madrid, said that the players need to work hard so that results would come in their favour. He also hailed Messi, saying there were least chances for Barcelona but Messi changed the game. Saul said that Messi came in the 85th minute and turned game in their favour.
Barcelona has won 10 games out of 14 in the Spanish La Liga, having 31 points. While Atletico Madrid claimed victory in six matches out of 15, having 25 points. Sevilla with 31 points and Real Sociedad with 26 points are at the third and fourth spot, respectively. Meanwhile, Espanyol and Leganes have fared poorly in the Spanish league so far. The former has just nine points and the latter six points.