La Liga title race becomes interesting and opens wide after a 0-0 draw for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou. Both the teams created chances throughout the game but were unable utilize the opportunity to seal an important win for both the team. Barcelona drawing with Atletico Madrid has left the Spanish title race wide open and created a three-horse race between Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid with Sevilla also having some faint chances.
Barcelona did have their problems against Atletico Madrid in the first half and was unable to get past Diego Simeone’s side. Atletico set up on the counter and forced Ter Stegen into several saves before half-time.
Messi in the first half displayed an exceptional run that forced a world-class save from Jan Oblak. Atletico Madrid were the better team in the first half but were unfortunate not to take the lead.
Barcelona played better in the final 30 minutes but found Atletico’s defense was too strong to break. They went for a winner towards the end, but Ousmane Dembele was unable to find the back of the net in the last minutes.
Atletico Madrid temporarily stays at the top of the La Liga but could lose their spot to Real Madrid. Barcelona sits second in the table with two points away from Atletico Madrid at the top. Both the team will now keep their eyes on the Real Madrid vs Sevilla fixture.
Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Barcelona Player Ratings
Marc Ter Stegen (8/10): The stopper was breath-taking, dealing with several threatening shots throughout. Made 6 saves and stopped shots from Suarez and co, and was able to keep a clean sheet
Oscar Mingueza (5/10): He struggled with Carrasco and Suarez in the first half. He was caught out of position on too many occasions and was taken off for Ronald Araujo after half-time.
Gerard Pique (6.5/10): He had his problems with Luis Suarez and conceded a few fouls against the Uruguayan striker. But gave a better account of himself in the second half and also forced Jan Oblak into a save with his header.
Clement Lenglet (7/10): Clement Lenglet was tested by Angel Correa and Marcos Llorente but he held his own ground. Made a brilliant block in the early minutes from Correa’s shot.
Jordi Alba (6/10): He struggled to get the better of Kieran Trippier and was unable perform in the first half. The Barcelona left-back improved after half-time and created some of his side’s best chances with long balls.
Sergino Dest (6/10): He had a few bright moments for Barcelona and gave Mario Hermoso a few problems with his dribbling and pace. But, he was inaccurate with his crosses and was troubled by Carrasco with his in behind runs.
Sergio Busquets (6.5/10): He was accurate with his passing and won the ball back on a few occasions for Barcelona. The Catalan veteran suffered a concerning head injury at the half-hour mark and was replaced by Ilaix Moriba.
Frenkie de Jong (6.5/10): He pitched in with a few good passes and interceptions but went for a defensive role after Busquets injury. He spent most of the game-winning possession for Barcelona and was unable to move into an attacking position.
Pedri (5/10): It was another difficult game for the youngster, who held his own against Atletico’s midfielders but was unable to create any chances or shots. The young Spaniard was replaced by Sergi Roberto in the last minutes.
Antoine Griezmann (5.5/10): He put in a tenacious display against his former side but did little to trouble Oblak. The French striker did manage a few shots in the second half but was well below his best on the day.
Lionel Messi (6.5/10): He was relatively quiet in the first half but displayed a brilliant run to force Oblak make a brilliant save. The Barcelona captain nearly found the back of the net towards the end of the game but was largely unable to pull his side across the line.
Ilaix Moriba (5/10): Ilaix Moriba was good but not to the level of Busquets, Atletico was dangerous in the midfield and brought his inexperience to the fore.
Ronald Araujo (7.5/10): Ronald Araujo was one of Barcelona’s most impressive players on the night and managed to outrun Yannick Carrasco on several occasions. He also managed to find the back of the net but was in an offside position.
Ousmane Dembele (5.5/10): Dembele injected some much-needed energy into Barcelona’s play towards the end. The striker also saw the best chance of the game come his way but was unable to hit the target and convert it to a goal.
Sergi Roberto (6/10): Roberto was a late substitute against Atletico Madrid and was unable to have much of an impact on the game.
Atletico Madrid Player Ratings
Jan Oblak (9/10): Oblack was arguably the best player on the pitch against Barcelona and pulled off a stunning save from Lionel Messi in the first half. He also managed impressive blocks towards the end of the game and earned his clean sheet.
Felipe (7.5/10): Felipe had an excellent outing against Barcelona and was his side’s last line of defense. The center-back did have a few problems against Lionel Messi and was booked also but managed to hold his ground.
Stefan Savic (7/10): Solid at the back, as he has been all year, wasn’t exposed as he normally is. He made a couple important tackles and participated in the buildup, and kept Grizemann quiet for most of the game.
Mario Hermoso (6.5/10): He faced his problems against Sergino Dest and was beaten for pace on few occasions. However, the full-back was able to recover and did manage a few runs of his own in the final third.
Yannick Carrasco (7/10): After a relatively quiet start, he stepped up towards the end of the first half and teased Barcelona with his pace. He was unable to get the better of Araujo after the hour-mark but was one of his side’s most dangerous attacking players.
Kieran Trippier (7/10): He had an interesting duel against Jordi Alba and managed to get the better of his counterpart in the first half. He struggled towards the end of the game but his contributions managed to keep Barcelona’s attacks blocked.
Koke (7/10): Played in central midfield and did a lot of work to stop Frenkie de Jong from being a factor and also guarded Messi. Initiated Atlético’s press on the left of midfield, and was booked for a tactical foul on Messi.
Marcos Llorente (6.5/10): His pace and poise proved an asset to Atletico’s attacks throughout the game. But, he did not see much of the ball in the second half but did manage to create a few chances for his teammates.
Thomas Lemar (6/10): Lemar was an enterprising presence for Atletico and did force Ter Stegen into a save during his short stay on the pitch. The Frenchman pulled his hamstring only 12 minutes into the game and was replaced by Saul Niguez.
Angel Correa (6.5/10): He was a vital in Atletico’s attacking play and excelled in his creative role. He also was close to scoring but Lenglet made a great block. He led his side’s high press and was replaced by Geoffrey Kondogbia towards the end of the game.
Luis Suarez (6.5/10): Suarez has improved considerably under Diego Simeone and was good against Barcelona. He tested Ter Stegen several times but was denied scoring a goal.
Saul Niguez (6/10): he had the unenviable task of keeping tabs on Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and picked up a yellow card in the process. The Spanish midfielder was replaced by Joao Felix at the hour-mark.
Joao Felix (6.5/10): Joao Felix was a threat on the counter for Atletico and gave Pique a few problems towards the end of the game.
Geoffrey Kondogbia (5.5/10): Kondogbia was Atletico’s weak link in the final minutes of the game and struggled against Lionel Messi. The midfielder conceded a dangerous free-kick to the Argentine.
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