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- FC Barcelona train at the Camp Nou ahead of clash with Atlético Madrid

Nine hours before kickoff between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou, the Blaugrana players completed their final pre-match session at the stadium. All available players were present at the session, including Alex Song. The Cameroonian trained apart from the group on Saturday. Therefore, Tito Vilanova has 20 footballers at his disposition, including Barça B’s Tello.

- FC Barcelona - Atletico Madrid: Match of the Day [read more]

The Camp Nou will be witness to a clash of titans tonight. Barça, top of the league table thanks to the best ever start to a campaign in the history of La Liga, welcomes to the Camp Nou the best Atletico Madrid since they did the double. Diego Simeone’s team is second in the table, six points behind Barça and also enjoying successful campaigns in the Cup and the Europa League. Tonight, Barça will have the chance to widen the gap between first and second to 9 points. A true battle of giants with different but highly effective styles.

- Vilanova: "In another league, Atletico would be the leader"

- Excitement returns with Atletico

- Spotlight on Atlético Madrid: Clash at the top of the table [read more]

Founded in 1903 by three Basque students, Atlético Madrid functioned as a youth-team offshoot of the Athletic Club Bilbao for nearly 20 years. The Madrid-based side broke off from their Basque club in 1921, the same year they made it to the Copa del Rey final; ironically against Athletic Club Bilbao.

- Messi and Falcao go head to head [read more]

Two goal-scoring machines, Leo Messi and Radamel Falcao face each other on Sunday evening(21.00), when second place Atletico Madrid visit the Camp Nou. The two lead the goalscoring table in La Liga with 23 and 16 after just 15 games – figures that reveal how important their goals have been for their two teams this campaign.Messi usually plays as a false number nine, a position which allows him to drift deep and help in the build up, opening up the flanks as well as get himself into the box, whilst Falcao is a more traditional leader of the line, with a good shot from both feet. The Colombian has also scored some spectacular long range efforts and has truly blossomed into a super striker in his second season at the Vicente Calderón.


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