Five big reasons why FC Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid
Barça's three forwards, the team's intensity, and the fans were among the biggest keys to the victory
11:00PM Saturday 10 Jan
Intensity: Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid are noted for theirintensity,but that battle was won tonight by FC Barcelona.Everyone gave 110% and pressuredan uncomfortableAtlético into frequent mistakes while imposing the Barçastyle of play.
Leo Messi: Before the game,theLFPhonouredhim with an award as the top scorer inleague history.Messi isproving to bemuch more than ascorer, and tonight he assistedhis teammates on the firsttwo goals.In the second half he scored career goalnumber259in the league, further cementing his status as the best player in the world.
Neymar: AftertwogoalsinThursday's Cup matchagainstElche,Neymardid it again.The Brazilianscored thegame'sfirstandnow has.Twomore goalsthanhe scored in all of last season.In addition, despite getting kicked in the ankle and drawing blood, hewas notintimidatedandgot back on the pitch and made an enormous difference.
Suárez: TheUruguayan's full repertoire was on display. He was a nightmareto defend, centred the ball brilliantly, especially on one that Neymarcould notfinish, and he also scored for the secondconsecutive gameaftera goalThursdayagainstElche.
The fans: The atmosphere in thestadiumwas huge.The81,658spectatorswerethe second bestof the seasonafter the82,570who attended theChampionsLeaguematch withPSG.The fans were Barça's 12th man for all 90 minutes.