Leo Messi has scored 25 in 28 against Atletico Madrid / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

With Saturday’s 2-1 win over Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona move three points clear of second place with a game in hand. Koke gave the visitors the lead early on but goals from Leo Messi and Luis Suárez in the same half gave Barça a crucial victory.

As well as just the scoreline, the match provided some interesting stats and facts:

Atléti’s worst nightmare: With his goal to level the game, Messi made it 25 in 28 clashes against Diego Simeone’s side, making them his favourite opponent.

Leo Messi began the move which he eventually finished to level the game

Bounce back ability: Barça have gained the most points in the league from losing positions (12). Nine of those have come at Camp Nou, against Rayo, Eibar and Atlético

Assurance up front: This season, Barça have won every match (20) in which Messi and Suárez have been on the scoresheet.

Bravo the savior: The Chilean saved five shots and made 19 successful passes. This league campaign, the goalkeeper has let in just ten goals in 17 matches.

In green, Bravo's saves. In yellow, his clearances.

The run continues: Barca are 26 games unbeaten (21 wins and five draws), leaving them just one game away from the unbeaten record set by Michels’ side (73/74) and two from Pep Guardiola’s great team (2010/11).

Six for six: Luis Enrique, since becoming Barça boss, has won each of the six encounters against Diego Simeone.

Piqué-Mascherano-Busquets: The trio were superb in defence and their statistics tell you all you need to know:

Balls recovered: 8 Balls recovered: 7 Balls recovered: 11
Passes completed: 89 of 91 (97,8%) Passes completed: 68 of 76 (89,4%) Passes completed: 74 of 76 (97,3%)
Interceptions: 18 Interceptions: 14 Interceptions: 18

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Lethal Suárez: The Uruguayan striker is top of the scorer’s charts with 19 in 20 league games. In total, Barça’s no.9 has 31 in 32 official matches.

Excellent January: The New Year has begun well for Barca, with eight wins from nine games, including progression to the cup semi-finals and the latest which gives them a three-point lead at the top of the table.

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