It was a gritty first leg where Barcelona came out as narrow winners, pressure will now be on Luis Enrique to improve his side’s showings in the 2nd leg against Atletico Madrid.
As it was Luis Suarez who saved Barcelona’s blushes in that game, his absence cost the Catalan Giants dearly as they slipped to a surprising 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad in La Liga.
Now at a time when their rivals for this Wednesday will come into this game following an impressive victory in La Liga, FC Barcelona will now want to continue their impressive run against Atletico Madrid from the past.
Coming into this game, Barcelona has won 7 straight matches against this particular opposition in all competitions. Playing at home or in front of the Atletico Madrid home support, Lionel Messi and co have found it pretty easy to win against Diego Simeone’s men in the recent past.
So when the Atletico Boss is gearing for a fight back in the 2nd leg, he will have to change history if Atletico Madrid are to qualify for the Semi Finals of UEFA Champions League 2015-16.
Analyzing team news: Luis Suarez will come into the starting XI after missing Barcelona’s defeat against Sociedad due to a suspension. The 28-year-old Striker has now scored 45 goals in just 45 games for his new club and at a time when Barcelona are looking to defend their UEFA Champions League trophy, Suarez can be a key player in that regard.
Other than the Uruguayan, Stars like Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba, and Ivan Rakitic are all likely to start on Wednesday after coming on in the 2nd half against Real Sociedad. So at a time when Lionel Messi is still trying to score his 500th goal for club and country, the Argentine Superstar will have no better place to score than against his arch rivals this Wednesday.