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FC Barcelona News: 20 September 2016; Preparations Begin for Atletico Madrid Match

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FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid: Something's gotta give | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s meetings with Atlético Madrid rarely disappoint, and Wednesday’s clash is expected to be another thriller as the best home attack meets the best away defence. Both teams go into the Camp Nou meeting in good form. Luis Enrique have bounced back from the defeat against Alavés with two victories against Celtic and Leganés, in which they have scored eleven goals and let in just one.

Experience scoring against Atlético preferred | FC Barcelona
When taking on a notoriously strong defence, it is a big plus when you have players who are familiar with getting the better of them. So, as FC Barcelona prepare to take on Atlético Madrid, the fact that ten players among Luis Enrique’s ranks have already found the net against the sturdy side from the capital, it will come as encouraging news.

FC Barcelona and Atlético, international teammates collide | FC Barcelona
When FC Barcelona host Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, there will be few players who do not know each other well.Despite being rivals at club level, 27 players from either side are teammates in their respective national sides. The country with the most players in common is that of Spain, with six from Barça (Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta and Alcácer) and three from Atlético (Koke, Saúl and Juanfran).

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona take on Atlético Madrid on Wednesday at Camp Nou, at 10.00pm CET, but we have prepared a guide so you can know when and where you can catch the game wherever you may be around the world. Barça have bounced back from the defeat against Alavés with big wins over Celtic and Leganés, and will be looking to carry that positive momentum into the highly-anticipated game against a well-known league rival.

23 different starters so far this season | FC Barcelona
Rafinha was the one who benefited from the rotation system in Saturday’s 5–1 win over Leganés, as the Brazilian midfielder cracked the starting XI for the first time this season and repaid his boss by scoring Barça's final goal of the day with a long-range, left-footed strike that may well have been the goal of the game.

Diego Simeone must name bold lineup if Atletico are to get a result at Barca - ESPN FC
At the end of January, Atletico Madrid travelled to Barcelona to face a side seemingly striding to the La Liga title at a canter. They had recovered from a couple of early-season wobbles and were in the midst of a 39-game unbeaten streak that stretched from October to April and ended in domestic glory.

Stat attack: FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
The visit of Atlético Madrid is always a tricky fixture, and it has produced some classic encounters in recent seasons. Luis Enrique’s side have nine points from the first four outings, while the team coached by Diego Simeone are just one behind on eight.

One of the world's best for a decade - but should Barcelona sign Darijo Srna and ditch Aleix Vidal? - Goal.com
Barcelona are still in the market for a right-back. It was something of a surprise in the summer that club legend Dani Alves was allowed to leave Camp Nou with no real replacement lined up. But the search for a successor continues. Coach Luis Enrique admitted in his first press conference in pre-season that he had been taken aback by the departure of Alves. However, he later insisted he was happy with his options on the right side of defence: Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal.

January 1914: FC Barcelona’s first ever game with Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
For the first fourteen years of FC Barcelona's existence, there was very little interaction with the Spanish capital. The few inter-city games that did get played were mainly against the now defunct Gimástica and Espanyol clubs. As for Madrid FC (the modern-day Real Madrid), they had only met twice before a couple of games were played in Barcelona in November 1914.

Claudio Bravo pushed through Manchester City move after being benched by Barcelona | Sky Sports
The 33-year-old Chilean joined City in a £17.1m deal from the Catalan giants on August 25 and has quickly established himself as Pep Guardiola's first-choice goalkeeper. The former Real Sociedad stopper had occupied the same role for Barcelona manager Luis Enrique in La Liga for the past two seasons with Marc-Andre ter Stegen playing the role of cup keeper.

Barcelona open first academy in Moscow - ESPN FC
Barcelona have continued their worldwide expansion with the inauguration of a new FCBEscola in Moscow, the club's first in Russia and the 21st in their range of football schools. Barca said the aim of the FCBEscola was to extend the club's model and working philosophy internationally.