Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will star in a vital duel for the definition of the Spanish league

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Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will star in a vital duel for the definition of the Spanish league: time, TV, and formations.

Lionel Messi's team needs to beat the team led by Diego Simeone if they want to climb to the top of the standings. Aleti has two points of advantage against the Catalans and Real Madrid. Stream DirecTV Sports.

Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will be the protagonists of a match that could set the course for La Liga. With the arbitration of Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, the match for the 35th day of the tournament will begin at 11:15 (Argentine time) and can be followed on the DirecTV Sports screen.

For many, this will be the duel that will mark the destiny of the maximum soccer championship in Spain. And the expectation will be the Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane, who Chelsea has just eliminated in the semifinals of the Champions League. On Sunday, they will host Sevilla in another meaningful match of the tournament.

Looking ahead to the match to be played at the Camp Nou, it is essential to remember that the Aleti arrives as a leader with 76 points, two more than meringues and Catalans (74), and six away from the whole of Andalusia, which has 70.

Strictly speaking, Lionel Messi's Barcelona has lost an unbeatable chance to have reached the match against Simeone's men with an advantage: a couple of dates ago, for the number 33 in the league, they fell to Granada at home (1 -2) and missed an opportunity that seemed golden to score three points. Beyond said defeat, last weekend, Ronald Koeman's team had an outstanding performance from the Argentine star, who scored two goals for 3-2 against Valencia.

For their part, Atlético Madrid lost a lead that reached 10 points in early February. With an irregular gait, those led by Cholo come from suffering to beat, as visitors, Elche by the minimum. After an early goal by Marcos Llorente, the locals missed a penalty in their favor in the 90th minute of the game, and the match ended 1-0 for the Colchoneros.

For today, the Dutch DT - he will not be on the bench due to being sanctioned - would have a formation with three defenders ( Araujo, Piqué, and Lenglet ), five midfielders ( Dest, Busquets, De Jong, Pedri, and Jordi Alba ) and two attackers who They will be captain Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

"We are two outstanding teams that we fight with two other teams. We cannot compare. The style of each one is different. There are different ways to win. You have to be strong, have the ball, and be effective, "said Koeman, who also left a strong message in the face of the duel with the leader and thinking about what is left for Barcelona. "To be champions, you have to win everything. If we do, we will be champions".

In the case of the league leader, Simeone will bet on a formation similar to the one that beat Elche but could have the return of Koke by Argentine Ángel Correa. "I never anticipate events; we are going to face a team that has had a great second round. The Barça coach has done a great job and has corrected all the mistakes he made in the first part of the course," Simeone confessed at the pre-match press conference.

The history shows that the last time Atlético won the league at the Camp Nou was in the 2005-2006 season, 15 years ago, thanks to a double by Fernando Torres and a goal Maxi Rodríguez for 3-1 in favor of the Madridistas.

Possible formations

Barcelona : Ter Stegen; Araujo, Piqué and Lenglet; Dest, Busquets, De Jong and Jordi Alba, Pedri; Messi and Griezmann. DT: Ronald Koeman.