If a team ever embodied the spirit of their manager, it would be Atletico Madrid; cut from the very same cloth that made Diego Simeone, Atleti are determined, disciplined and tough-tackling. They are composed in possession, and are capable of doing pretty much anything -- as long as it enhances their chances of getting a result. Rules? They're just guidelines asking to be bended and manipulated; opposition teams know that come the end of the 90 minutes, they will have left it all out on the field.
Blood, sweat, tears; Atletico will be prepared to fight to the death for a place in the semi finals and it's down to Gerardo Martino and FC Barcelona to stop them.
The good news is that the Blaugrana are in sensational form. Winners at the Santiago Bernabeu in El Clasico, winners at the Etihad Arena and back at the Camp Nou against Manchester City. A victory in a difficult derby match against RCD Espanyol. The list goes on and on, and Barcelona will be hoping to add one more name to that list tonight.
In three matches against Atletico Madrid this season, Barcelona are yet to register a single win, but they have looked the more likely side to grab a win. Lionel Messi is fully fit once more; Andres Iniesta has been nothing short of tremendous in recent weeks. The scene is set for the Blaugrana to take that step forwards and win tonight. Predict the score of tonight's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid by commenting with your prediction below. Best of luck!