Barcelona will play Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, on Wednesday, April 13, starting 20:45 local time.
As per the UEFA Champions League official website, Barcelona has an edge over their La Liga rivals, Madrid, as they have managed to win all of their seven outings against Atletico.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique stated yesterday, “We are treating this like any quarter-final – I don’t feel it’s the biggest match of our season. We have a small advantage and we will try to win here too to make sure of the result. This team was made for matches like this. Yes, it’s always difficult against Atlético, but it’s all about doing things well, which is what we try to do every match. We’ll need to play really well.
“Tomorrow will be difficult like any UEFA Champions League tie, particularly so against Atlético since they know us so well. There is no doubt we are going to compete. We love to see the Vicente Calderón full but if there’s any team able to play in this atmosphere it is Barça. I hope we can see a great spectacle.”
Diego Simeone’s men will look to overhaul a one-goal deficit from the first leg and eventually create history. He commented that backing of the home crowd would be most important. The Atlético coach exclaimed, “Being Atlético means being tenacious, competitive, never giving up and overcoming difficulties. We know there are better teams than us. But we know we can compete against Barcelona.
“We try to improve what we are doing [against Barça] game after game. We will try to find an angle and see if we can get at them and win.
“The excitement and enthusiasm around this match is fantastic, but I don’t think the Barcelona players will be surprised by the atmosphere because they are used to it.”
According to the Goal, the in-form Fernando Torres won’t be part of the Atletico squad in Wednesday night’s game as he remains suspended.
On Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick confirmed Real Madrid’s sixth consecutive entry into the League semi-finals. His exquisite form helped thump Wolfsburg 3-0 in the second leg, resulting in a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.
Ream Madrid vs Wolfsburg Highlights
Man City also booked their semi-final spot after a 1-0 victory against Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. The aggregate score stood at 3-2.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint Germain Highlights
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
First Leg Score: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Hernández, Filipe Luís; Koke, Gabi, Augusto, Ñíguez; Griezmann, Carrasco
Out: Tiago (broken leg), Torres (suspended), Giménez (hamstring)
Doubtful: Savić (foot)
Misses next match if booked: Óliver Torres
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitić, Iniesta; Messi, Neymar, Suárez
Out: Mathieu (knee), Rafinha (adductor), Sandro (hamstring), Vermaelen (calf), Vidal (adductor)
Misses next match if booked: Busquets, Mascherano
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Time: 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: N. Rizzoli
Live Stream: Bet365