It was a big day in La Liga yesterday as the two teams deadlocked at the top of the table met each other for the first time since the Spanish Super Copa.
The Argentine Lionel Messi was sent on at half-time by Tata Martino, in the hope that Barcelona’s goalscoring machine could produce again like he did midweek against Getafe in the Copa del Rey.
All eyes were on him but unfortunately, the forward’s header went wide and another shot on goal was saved by Thibaut Courtois. Neymar also came on with a great display of dribbling skills but was unable to make a difference.
Yesterday’s spotlight was predominately on the defenders from both sides, which is not often the case. It was tenacious defending that kept the score line at 0-0. Juanfran, Miranda, and Godin worked hard to keep the defensive line tight in the box against the likes of Messi, Fabregas, and Neymar.
At the other end of the pitch, Pique and Mascherano also had to work hard to keep Diego Costa and Arda Turan from getting any shots off the boot.
Both teams were pushing at 110 per cent, making it a fantastic draw; not words we get to say very often. The game was as riveting if not more so than a cup final. Perhaps Barcelona has to consider Atletico as their new rivals after this encounter.
And so, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid stand level yet again at the top of the La Liga table at 50 points apiece with Real Madrid chasing closely at their tails. It’s been a few years since the La Liga title has been put into question.
Atletico Madrid is in top form and could potentially snatch the title from Spain's big two.
Who will win the Spanish La Liga title? For once, no one knows the answer.
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