Our friends over at La Liga Lowdown have been speaking to Luis Garcia, who has touched on the Barcelona versus Atletico Madrid clash this coming weekend.
Barcelona’s strong grip on the league title took a turn on Thursday evening as they were held in Gran Canaria by Las Palmas, who cancelled put Lionel Messi’s free-kick with a penalty from Jonathan Calleri.
Five points now separate the two sides at the top of La Liga, meaning Sunday’s afternoon kick-off at the Camp Nou is arguably a season defining one.
Diego Simeone’s side come into the game with a free-scoring Antoine Griezmann, having netted seven goals in his last four, whilst Messi has been in typically superb form for the home side.
A 1-1 draw in the first season encounter between these two side’s means that Atleti will need to everything in their power to get a victory, thus trying to gain advantage in the head-to-head rule, which would come about if both teams finish level at the end of the season.
Barca of course, would have to drop points between now and the end of the season, which could well happen.
The game is finely poised then and David Garrido of La Liga Lowdown has interviewed form Barca and Atleti player Luis Garcia to give his take on the fixture.