It’s Cholo Simeone vs. Lionel Messi yet again!
FC Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid tonight at 12:45 AM as the Blaugrana look to reconstruct after a lackluster performance against city rivals Espanyol. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be on the way to another Super Copa triumph provided that they win this as they face arch-rivals Real Madrid in the new-look tournament being contested in Saudi Arabia.
Frenkie De Jong will be available for Barcelona as his red-card suspension in the league match against Espanyol will not be in effect throughout the Super Copa. Neto Murara will be keeping the net for Blaugrana, as ter Stegen is unavailable due to a tendon injury. Similarly, Arthur Melo and Ousmane Dembele are recovering from their respective injuries and will not be available for this tournament. Ernesto Valverde is likely to start Ivan Rakitic in the midfield yet again with Sergio Busquets and De Jong completing the trio. MSG will be leading the forward line with all eyes on captain Lionel Messi and former Atleti-man Griezmann.
For Cholo Simeone’s side, Thomas Lemar, Diego Costa, and Koke are reportedly ruled out of the clash at King Abdullah Stadium, Jeddah.
FC Barcelona look to be daunted with the derby draw and look to re-build against captain Messi’s favorite opposition. But will Diego Simeone, who has created tensions for Barca outside of the league, spare Ernesto Valverde this time? Only the clash will tell the tale!