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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona On US TV and Internet: Open Thread

Barca Atletico 600x422 Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona On US TV and Internet: Open Thread

As if this game wasn’t big enough as it is, Lionel Messi looks set to make his return for Barcelona in a top of the table clash between first and second place in La Liga between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld. The pre-match programming begins at 1:55pm ET Saturday. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website.

Los Coloncheros and La Blaugrana are deadlocked atop of the table in Spain and with the premier sides scarcely dropping points in this division, this game could be wholly significant in determining the destination of the title come May.

And it’s such a tough one to call. Atletico’s exploits this season have been absolutely marvellous and it is only at the mid point of the campaign that they have been considered genuine title contenders. A win here on their own patch – where they have won every domestic game so far this season – and they may well be favourites to win a ninth Spanish title.

Their manager Diego Simeone has fashioned a dynamic, pragmatic and industrious team that have took La Liga by storm. And when you sprinkle on the stardust provided by the likes of Koke, Arda Turan and Diego Costa, they really are an outstanding outfit.

But are they as outstanding as a Barcelona team boosted by the return of Lionel Messi? The Argentinian played his first game back from injury in the midweek Copa Del Rey game against Getafe and bagged a brace after being introduced as a second half substitute. Anyway it’s not as if Tata Martino’s side have been struggling without him, having won their last seven games in a row.

A truly magnificent game lies in wait at the Vicente Calderon.

Further reading:

Atletico Madrid Have Broken Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Stranglehold On Spanish Football

Atletico Madrid Versus Barcelona: The Stage Is Set For La Liga’s First Place Showdown

• Can Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona?

Editor’s note: For more Atleti analysis, opinion and news, visit the Atletico Madrid team page.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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7 Responses to Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona On US TV and Internet: Open Thread

  1. KapUSMC says:

    Very entertaining so far. Pretty even both ways, with both sides with a couple chances. Resembles the first leg of the super cup.

    I was watching EPL and missed pregame, anyone hear why Neymar didn’t get the start?

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    Ray Hudson is full of new phrases today including “Like tissue on toilet paper” and “Better service than Mercedes Benz gives.”

  3. KapUSMC says:

    Kind of amazing that in three games, one goal a piece total. I thought the second half would open up a little more, but Atleti kind of parked the bus. Juanfran had a great second half, almost of all of the chances in the second half came from Barca’s left and that was cleaned up in the second half.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Defensively, Atletico Madrid threw so many people into the box that it was really difficult for Barcelona to find a way through to create a chance. It would have taken something special from Barcelona to unlock Atleti, but it didn’t come unfortunately.

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