Ronald Koeman’s side needs to pick up points in the title race and has an important game against Atletico Madrid Barcelona had a busy summer with Ronald Koeman coming in to take the head coach job and Lionel Messi deciding not to leave Camp Nou despite submitting a request to move on.
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Messi staying at Barcelona has been huge for the club and Spanish football in general, especially after the league’s other biggest stars left for foreign leagues – such as Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus – in recent years.
Barcelona is a much better team with Messi and its goal this year is to win back the Spanish domestic title after Real Madrid lifted La Liga in 2019-20.
Defeats in both El Clasico games to bitter rivals have not helped Barca’s title hopes, but Koeman is still confident that Barcelona can end up victorious over Los Blancos in the battle for the trophy.
How to watch Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid on US TVBarcelona can move above Atletico Madrid in the race for La Liga as the two sides meet on Saturday.
Just two points separate the top three with four games remaining in the season, meaning the title race will go down to the wire.
A win for Atletico would make it almost impossible for Koeman’s side to win La Liga, while Real Madrid will watch eagerly as it does not play until Sunday.
Barcelona remains without Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho, while Martin Braithwaite misses out through injury once again.
Simeone’s side has been boosted in recent weeks by the return of Luis Suarez, who is the club’s top scorer and may be out for revenge against his former club.
Renan Lodi is the big absentee for Atleti, having missed last weekend’s 1-0 win over Elche.
Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at home earlier this season, but the corresponding fixture last season at Camp Nou ended in a 2-2 draw.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid can be streamed in the US through Fanatiz with a 7-day free trial and kicks off at 7:15am PT and 10:15apm ET.
Barcelona on US TV in La Liga Date Time (US PT / ET) Game Stream May 8 7:15am / 10:15am Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Fanatiz May 11 1pm / 4pm Levante vs Barcelona Fanatiz May 16 9:30am / 12:30pm Barcelona vs Celta Vigo Fanatiz May 23 9am / 12pm Eibar vs Barcelona Fanatiz All of Barcelona’s La Liga games can be watched live on Fanatiz. Barcelona in La Liga table Pos Team MP W D L GD Pts 1 Atletico Madrid 34 23 7 4 39 76 2 Real Madrid 34 22 8 4 34 74 3 Barcelona 34 23 5 6 47 74 4 Sevilla 34 22 4 8 22 70 5 Real Sociedad 35 15 11 9 18 56 Despite a poor start to the season, Barcelona is now back in the top three.
Atletico sits two points ahead of Barcelona, but Saturday’s match could turn that around and put Barcelona top of the table – until Real Madrid plays on Sunday, at least.
Barcelona then has games coming up against Levante, Celta Vigo and Eibar to finish the season and may need wins in all three to lift the title.
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