Real Madrid are better - Simeone goads Barca ahead of Atletico clash

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone lavished praise on Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone lavished praise on Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Werner and Augusto Fernandez will also miss the clash with Barcelona due to technical reasons, while Simeone has also surprisingly overlooked Vietto after the Argentinian led his attack in the previous two La Liga encounters against Leganes and Sevilla.

La Liga top scorer this season with 11 goals in seven games, Messi has been a big part of the Barcelona team which now top the table with seven wins from seven games.

It's no surprise that Hazard is part of the 30-man Balon D'Or shortlist, whilst Costa continues to be seen as one of the best players in the world. (Barca) Have reinvented themselves after the departure of Neymar. "Then they start to attract attention", the left-back told El Mundo.

"I think I do it quite well when I play although he always score goals".

"They did not beat us by chance, they are very good". "We tied the most important one that was the one that gave us LaLiga [in 2013-14] and we have knocked them out twice in the Champions League".

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has been handed a double injury boost ahead of the crucial visit of Barcelona on Saturday (14 October), as both Filipe Luis and Lucas Hernandez received medical clearance from the doctors to play the game.

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In sporting terms, Barca travel to the Wanda looking to stretch their winning start to the season to eight league games and will look to Leo Messi, who was once again brilliant when he guided Argentina to the World Cup final with a win in Ecuador at the start of the week.

Atletico defenders Filipe Luis and Lucas Hernandez missed the goalless draw at Leganes before the global break, but both players have recovered from their hamstring injuries and are available.

"Messi was what all Argentines wanted and asked for".

"I know the best way to stop him".

Luis and Messi have become quite accustomed with each other as title contenders for their clubs and countries, battling it out as attacker vs defender when they meet.

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