Lionel Messi, Barcelona answer Atletico's title challenge, re-establish breathing room

Lionel Messi, Barcelona answer Atletico's title challenge, re-establish breathing room

"But this is football, and we have to go out there to win the next match and think about how we can continue to improve".

Atletico come into this encounter having won eight of their last nine La Liga matches.

However, if Atletico are able to steal a win in Barcelona, the title race will really get interesting as Atleti would move within four points of Barcelona.

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ERNESTO VALVERDE FELT Barcelona were hurt by an "invisible penalty" after they let slip a first-half lead to draw 1-1 at lowly Las Palmas.

The draw in Gran Canaria on Thursday, Barca's third in their last five La Liga games, allowed Atletico to cut the gap on the unbeaten league leaders to five points.

Pogba and Griezmann play together for France and United are convinced their record-signing will come to life with his worldwide team-mate playing in front of him.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Teye Partey is brimming with confidence ahead of La Liga top of the table clash against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday.

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Although not as consistently superb as Messi has been all season, Atletico's Antoine Griezmann is on an excellent scoring run.

Griezmann was upset and publicly criticized the fans, igniting rumors that he could be looking for a way out of the Spanish club.

Griezmann, who reached 100 goals for Atlético when he scored a hat-trick against Sevilla last weekend, has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona at the end of the season.

"I don't want to analyse the refereeing", Barca's manager added in his post-match press conference. "Now we are enjoying this good moment together and hopefully it will continue like this until the end".

The Frenchman received a standing ovation by the crowd at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium when he was substituted in the second half against Leganes.

This afternoon, if Barcelona are to hold off the challenge Atletico Madrid present at the Camp Nou, it will be necessary to ensure that one of the oppositions star players remains shackled.

"I'm very happy here, and so is my family, and in the end that's the most important thing" he said.

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