Atletico Mounts Pressure On Rift Ridden Barcelona

In-form Atletico Madrid will aim to pile pressure on a Barcelona side reeling from a rift between coach Luis Enrique and star player Lionel Messi in a crunch La Liga clash on Sunday.

It was an all-or-nothing match last time the two sides met at the Camp Nou in the final game of last season with a draw giving the visitors the title.

Now while the stakes are not as high, a negative result could have a major impact on the future of Luis Enrique. It is a perfect time for Diego Simeone’s Atletico side to face Barca who have failed to convince this season and are embroiled in a supposed rift between Luis Enrique and Messi.

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The pair are believed to have almost come to blows during a training ses­sion last Friday and then had a heated argument after Sunday’s La Liga defeat by Real Sociedad.

That result left cham­pions Atletico level with Barcelona on 38 points, one less than leaders Real Madrid who also have a game in hand of their two title rivals.

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