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Arturo Vidal hoping to start for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid

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The champions need to replace the suspended Ivan Rakitic

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Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal says he’s hoping to start Saturday’s La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde will have to make a change in midfield, as Ivan Rakitic will miss the clash due to suspension.

Vidal is an option and has been in good form recently. He was a goalscoring substitute against Real Madrid and Real Betis and netted twice for Chile against Honduras on Tuesday.

“I’m returning to Barcelona to do the right things, fight for a place and to represent Chile,” he said.

”I feel a lot better. Now I’m 100%. In the last few matches I’ve played a lot, I’ve scored goals, so I feel confident.

“These goals for Chile have helped a lot too. I hope to start but that’s up to the coach.”

Source | Sport

Vidal reportedly travelled back from Chile overnight and landed in Madrid at 6am, then flew to Barcelona and went straight to training.