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Since the arrival of Diego Simeone, Atlético Madrid have become a force to be reckoned with both in Spain and in Europe. Los Rojiblancos won the league title back in 2013/14 with a draw at Camp Nou on the final day of the season in a year which FC Barcelona were unable to defeat the side from the capital.
However, since Luis Enrique took charge, the Catalans have gone on a perfect run against their tricky counterparts, with six wins from their last six encounters.
Barça 3-1 Atlético: Iconic match
Barça gained revenge for losing out on the title with goals from each one of the front three. Neymar Jr, Suárez and Messi left an iconic image after the third goal as they wheeled away together in celebration.
Barça 1-0 Atlético: Late drama
Ten days later, the two sides met again, this time in the Copa del Rey. In a tightly contested affair, Barca eventually got the breakthrough with five minutes remaining. Messi’s penalty was saved but the Argentine was there on the rebound to give his side a narrow first-leg win.
Atlético 2-3 Barça: Progression to cup semis
Fernando Torres' early opener was soon cancelled out by Neymar. Atlético took the lead from the spot but an own goal from Miranda and another from Neymar saw Barca progress comfortably to the semi-finals.
Atlético 0-1 Barça: Messi hands first title of treble
Barça travelled to the Vicente Calderon knowing that a win would wrap up the league title. It was an extremely close game but up stepped Messi in the 65th minute to score the goal that would seal the first of three trophies that season.
Atlético 1-2 Barça: Messi the hero from the bench
Unable to train in the week, Messi began amongst the substitutes in this league encounter. Torres gave Atletico the lead before Neymar’s free-kick brought the sides level. On 59 minutes, Messi came off the bench to score the decisive goal.
Barça 2-1 Atlético: Another comeback
It was a meeting between the two sides joint-top of La Liga. Koke handed Atletico an early lead but a magical team goal finished by Messi soon brought Barça level. Suárez showed his true striking instincts as he rolled Godin before slotting through Oblak’s legs to give the goal that would separate the two teams and give Barça a three-point lead at the top with a game in hand.
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