Simeone-Valverde: something has to give in Camp Nou

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Simeone-Valverde: something has to give in Camp Nou

Simeone-Valverde: something has to give in Camp Nou

The Atlético boss has never beaten Barcelona in LaLiga while his opposite number has never got the better of the Argentinean in 12 attempts.

Barcelona host Atlético this weekend in the most important game of the season so far for both sides, who are now in a two-horse race to the Liga finish line: Barça’s draw in Las Palmas and Atlético’s home victory over Leganés has reduced the gap between the sides to five points ahead of Sunday’s game.

When the sides met at the Metropolitano earlier in the season the game ended 1-1, extending two curious streaks even further: Diego Simeone has never masterminded victory over Barça in the league while Ernesto Valverde has never beaten Atlético with the Argentinean at the helm in 12 attempts with Athletic, Valencia and Barcelona.

Simeone-Valverde both seeking first wins

The 1-1 draw in October was the fourth Valverde has scored against Simeone, with eight victories on the Atlético boss’ CV against his Spanish counterpart.

Simeone, meanwhile, has had 12 pops at Barcelona in LaLiga and his record is exactly the same: four draws and eight defeats. One of those draws, in 2013-14, was worth a Liga title as Diego Godín’s header in a 1-1 draw sent the trophy towards the Calderón.

In total, Simeone has played Barcelona on 22 occasions, with 12 defeats, eight draws and two victories, both in the Champions League quarterfinals in 2013-14 and 2015-16.

 

 

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Barcelona 66 20 6 0
2Atlético 61 18 7 1
3Real Madrid 51 15 6 5
Full standing
Next matches
Barcelona - Atlético D-04/03 16:15
Málaga - Barcelona S-10/03 20:45
Barcelona - Athletic D-18/03 16:15
Fixtures

*Update 2 de marzo de 2018

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Barcelona 66 20 6 0
2Atlético 61 18 7 1
3Real Madrid 51 15 6 5
Full standing
Next matches
Barcelona - Atlético D-04/03 16:15
Atlético - Celta D-11/03 16:15
Villarreal - Atlético D-18/03 18:30
Fixtures

*Update 2 de marzo de 2018

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