Where do you even start?!
Maybe at the beginning of the game. Atletico were by far the better side in the early stages and for most of the first half.
Barca rarely troubled Jan Oblak, but as long as the hosts weren’t out of sight by the latter stages of the match, then the Catalans always seem to come on strong against the Rojiblancos.
That the visitors were still in the game at half-time owes everything, absolutely everything, to the prowess of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
What a wonderful goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is, both with hands and feet.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 1, 2019
The two saves that the German made to deny Atleti certain goals were world class. And people even dare to mention Manuel Neuer in the same breath?! The Bayern man isn’t fit to lace ter Stegen’s boots.
A stop from Hermoso owed much to his ability to spread himself correctly, a hugely understated element of a goalkeeper’s armoury. It wasn’t ‘lucky’ as some have suggested.
His second save evoked memories of Gordon Banks’ save from Pele in the 1970 World Cup finals. A solid downward header from Morata, close to the keeper’s body making it difficult to adjust and keep the ball out, and yet ter Stegen somehow managed it.
Marc, chill like a pill after saving two goals from Atletico Madrid. ♂️— Ms|Barca (@MsFutbol3) December 1, 2019
✈️ thank you for flying Ter Stegen airlines ✈️ pic.twitter.com/JkQKfREEgI
Truly, the club is blessed to have such an exceptional exponent between the sticks, he simply never knows when he’s beaten. What did he cost again? €12m!!
Another player, one who cost the club precisely nothing in terms of transfer fee, continues to amaze.
Just when the game looked like it was heading for a 0-0 draw - which wouldn’t have been the worst result in the world, let’s be honest - Leo Messi pops up with a move that we’ve seen so many times over the years.
After this night, we're comparing Leo Messi to legends in other fields— Lidocaine (@trending_medic) December 2, 2019
Leo Messi vs Isaac Newton
Leo Messi vs Shakespeare
Leo Messi vs Paul the Apostle
Leo Messi vs Dr Ben Carson
Leo Messi vs Martin Luther
None of that Ronaldo nonsense
Once he’d picked up the ball and seen Sergi Roberto advance, taking defenders with him, we all knew what was about to happen, the only question was whether the Argentinian would get the time and space to execute.
Thanks to Luis Suarez’s featherlight assist, the ball was past Jan Oblak before he’d completed his full-length dive. No wonder Atleti’s players had their head in their hands, some thumping the floor in frustration.
They’d played well, very well actually. And they were undone yet again by a moment of pure genius.
#Messi has now scored in all La Liga stadiums!— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 2, 2019
C de Valencia
Est. de la Cerámica
N Los Cármenes
That’s 19 games that Diego Simeone’s side have been unable to beat Barca in the league, a quite astonishing statistic.
Aside from Sevilla, Atleti are Leo’s favourite victims, and Sunday night’s game, perhaps more than any other against the Rojiblancos, showed that you can shackle Messi all you like but leave him alone for a split second, and he will make you pay.
And still people have the brass neck to put Ronaldo in the same bracket...!