FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid: A big step closer
Of Barça’s remaining Liga fixtures, by far the most worrying was this one. Atlético Madrid hadn’t lost for three and a half months and for 13 games, and were doing it playing football to be feared.
The visiting side certainly showed plenty of signs of their quality, but it wasn’t enough to stop a Barcelona side that scraped through with a 1-0 win for the tenth time this season. Again there was trouble producing goals, but that rarely matters with a defence as solid as this one. That’s an amazing 23 clean sheets this season, already enough to match the club record with eight games still to play!
The pressure was on after Real Madrid had beaten Celta 2-0 the day before, but the gap on the all-white remains at 11 points. And especially now that this game is out of the way, Barça are better poised than ever to be crowned Liga champions, and possibly with games in hand.
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The only goal of the game came right before half-time. Although Barça had been struggling to create chances until then and hadn’t any shots on target, when the goal came it was made too look so simple.
A lovely piece of control from Raphinha in the build-up, and Ferran Torres was running into space on the edge of the area. The latter had time to stop, think and pick his spot before delivering a perfectly executed strike to put the Catalans a goal to the good.
The best chances before that had both fallen to Antoine Griezmann. Still seeking his first goal at Spotify Camp Nou (for a visiting team), he struck the bar in the very first minute and also brought out a stunning save from Ter Stegen.
the game as it happened
After that, a second goal from Barça always looked a more likely prospect than an equaliser for the red-and-whites.
The return of Frenkie de Jong from injury was already showing in the first half, and when Pedri also marked his comeback in the second there was an even fresher look to Barça’s midfield.
That duo helped make sure that Jan Oblak was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers, and much as the Slovenian was in inspired form, Barça really should have had him beaten on more than a couple of occasions.
Gavi will feel he could have done better with his chance, it is almost inexplicable how Raphinha failed to convert a gift and Lewandowski will also be furious that he didn’t get on the scoresheet.
Chances had gone begging, and Barça could have been punished for it as Atlético woke up in the final minutes and started driving forward in search of something of their own.
But Barça have been brilliant and neutralising opponents this season and this game was no exception. Not one of the series of half-chances was anything of major concern to the 80,965 souls in the stadium, who were already celebrating the Sant Jordi holiday in Catalonia and now had something else to celebrate.
A win that has moved the blaugrana even closer to the Liga title.
FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid
This Sunday sees Barça take on Atlético Madrid at Spotify Camp Nou in La Liga at 4.15pm CEST with April 23 always a significant date in the blaugrana calendar as it is ‘la diada de Sant Jordi’ (St.George’s Day), the patron saint of Catalonia.
SANT JORDI’S GIFT!
Barça cannot afford to relax even though they have an 11 point lead over second placed Real Madrid in La Liga. Sunday’s opponents Atlético are in third place in the table some 13 points behind Xavi’s team but they are the form side in la Liga after an impressive recent run in the domestic competition.
Head to head
Back in January the blaugranes took a 1-0 win at the Civitas Metropolitano thanks to a goal from Ousmane Dembélé. Last season’s meeting at Spotify Camp was a cracker with Barça coming out on top 4-2 in a game that included some fantastic strikes which you can check out in the video below. In the league Barça have not lost to Atlético at home since 2006 when Fernando Torres grabbed a brace in a 3-1 win for ‘los colchoneros.’
Atlético in form
Diego Simeone’s team are the side on a roll at the moment in La Liga following six wins in their last six matches. Their excellent streak stretches back to the defeat against the blaugranes as since that reverse in January they have gone on a 13 games unbeaten run in the league with 10 wins and three draws in that time. Former blaugrana Memphis Depay will be missing due to injury for the visitors but the Dutch striker has done well since joining Atlético, scoring four goals in nine games in the league after signing for the Madrid club in January.
Another former blaugrana, Antoine Griezmann, has 12 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this season for Atlético and will be one of the main threats in attack for the visitors to Spotify Camp Nou along with Spanish international centre forward Álvaro Morata who also has 12 goals so far this season.
The ‘diada de Sant Jordi’ is always an important day culturally in Catalonia and to reflect that fact there will be an large mosaic in support of the Catalan language before kick off at Spotify Camp Nou. Furthermore, Barça will be wearing their fourth kit for the game, the strip that takes its inspiration from the colours of the Catalan flag, ‘la senyera.’
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Atlético are without former Barça man Memphis and Reinildo for the trip to Barça due to injury. The blaugranes, for their part, welcome back Pedri and Frenkie de Jong to the squad, with 15 year old Lamine Yamal making his first ever appearance in the first team squad. Xavi’s team, however, will still be without the injured Christensen, Dembélé and Sergi Roberto.
FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Memory Test!
This high quality clash comes at a key moment for the blaugranas. After two consecutive draws in the league, Xavi Hernández and the team want to improve their form, with coach stating, “It’s the ideal moment to show who we are again. The game is an incentive, it’s a challenge to react to and show we want to win the title”.
Founded Football Club Barcelona
Spanish Football Club Barcelona (Futbol Club Barcelona, also known as Barça) is a Catalan football club from the city of the same name, one of the best football teams in Spain and the world.
The club was founded on November 29, 1899 by a group of Swiss, British, Spanish and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. On October 22, 1899, he advertised in a local newspaper inviting everyone to take part in the creation of a football club. 11 people responded to the ad, which 29November, they gathered for a constituent assembly, the result of which was the creation of a new football club.
The team started quite successfully, but already at the beginning of the 20th century it suffered a series of failures – after winning the Catalan Championship in 1905, the club did not win any trophies for three years, and its financial situation deteriorated sharply. Then one of the founders and his former striker Joan Gamper became the president of the club in 1908, he was subsequently re-elected to this post five times and led the club until 1925 years old. During this time, the team has won more than ten Catalan championships, six Spanish Cups and four Pyrenean Cups. Another of the main achievements of Gamper was the acquisition of his own stadium. He also began a campaign to increase the number of club members, and by 1922 their number exceeded 10,000, he invited striker Paulino Alcantara to the club, who scored 357 goals in 13 years of playing in the team, becoming the top scorer in the history of the club.
Since then, many world-famous football masters have played in Barcelona (Ladislav Kubala, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi …), who led the club to the top of world football. Even at 1940-50 years, despite the difficult political situation and confrontation with the central authorities, the Catalan club continued to win. At the same time, Barcelona began to participate in European tournaments (and is the only club that has not missed a single European season).
In 2009, Barcelona set a unique achievement by becoming the only football club in the world to win every possible major tournament during the year (three nationals – the championship, the Spanish Cup and Super Cup and three international ones – the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup). And in 2015, Barcelona made a “golden hat-trick” for the second time (the Spanish Championship, the Spanish Cup, the UEFA Champions League), thus becoming the only club in the history of European football to complete the “treble” twice.
Today, Barcelona is one of the world’s greatest clubs, with a truly fantastic array of titles and trophies – in its history it has won all European Cups, 26 Spanish Champions, 31 Spanish National Cups, 13 Spanish Super Cups. He is also the owner of many other cups and a multiple winner of the Champions League. Barcelona was ranked 4th in the list of the best football clubs of the 20th century by FIFA, and 5th by Kicker magazine.
The club’s official colors are blue garnet. The coat of arms of Barcelona was originally the coat of arms of the city, but in 1910 its own coat of arms was created, a variant of which is still used today.
It is also worth noting that in addition to the football club, it has four professional teams in other sports (futsal, basketball, roller hockey and handball), and also supports many amateur teams in women’s football, basketball, rugby, baseball, figure skating, cycling, volleyball and other sports.
In general, Barcelona for Catalonia is not just a team, it is a religion. The club has become one of the symbols of Catalonia, hence the phrase – “El Barca es mes que un club” (“Barca” is more than just a club). The fans of the team are residents all over the world, as of 2015 their number was 170 thousand people.
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Spotify Camp Nou ticket and FC Barcelona Museum
Access to the trophy room, multimedia area, dressing room, tunnel, press room and stadium
Tour with an official English-speaking guide
Walk around the field
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- Walk around Spotify Camp Nou with an expert guide and get a rare behind-the-scenes access to the stadium’s sacred sites.
- Enter the President’s box, sit in the chairs in the press room, enter the Barça museum and collect the official FCB gift
- Walk freely on the grass inside Barça’s iconic bowl and explore the home’s dressing room – only this tour provides these incredible opportunities!
Football clubs protect their sacred sites. Many stadium tours only offer a glimpse into the players’ dressing rooms, and grounders often get annoyed if you breathe next to the grass.
This is what makes the FC Barcelona: Players Experience Tour so worthwhile. Explore the locker rooms and walk freely on the green grass in the Spotify Nou camp without fear of being attacked. This is the only Blaugrana tour where this is possible.
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