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La Liga, Round 37: Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona: Projected Lineups

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Here we are! The first of the three finals for Barcelona happens on Sunday, when the Blaugrana face Atlético Madrid in a potential title-clinching La Liga match at Vicente Calderón. The math is simple: win the game, win the league. The game itself, well... it's not that simple. As proven in the past, Atleti is a tough side to play against, and the Colchoneros are especially tough at home.

The tactical decisions by both Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone can be vital to the outcome of this match, so we try to get inside the managers' heads and figure out which lineups they're going to field in the La Liga Final:

Atlético Madrid (4-4-2):


Juanfran - Godín - Giménez - Siqueira

Turan - Gabi - Suárez - Koke

Griezmann - Mandzukic

Simeone is pretty much an easy mind to figure out. His idea is simple: field the same lineup, play with the same intensity, grind to a win in the same way. But, with midfielder Tiago's suspension and center-back Miranda's poor form lately, it is possible that 'Cholo' doesn't field his favorite starting XI. But with the certain presence of Koke and Antoine Griezmann, Atleti has a dynamic duo that runs all over the pitch to feed Mario Mandzukic some scoring chances. This a very dangerous team.

Barcelona (4-3-3):


Alves - Piqué - Mathieu - Alba

Rakitic - Busquets - Iniesta

Messi - Suárez - Neymar

The biggest doubt here is the status of Luis Suárez, who's battling a hamstring strain. If he's able to go, than the only logical lineup change for Lucho would be to field Jérémy Mathieu. The French center-back, who hasn't played in a while, will be key for the defense against perhaps the most dangerous aerial attack in Europe. Atleti will look for sideline fouls and corner kicks to put the ball in the box, and Mathieu's clearances can prove to be fundamental for Barça as they try to clinch the title.

Buckle up. It's going to be an awesome game.

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