There are no fresh concerns for Quique Setien’s side ahead of tomorrow, but they will be without the services of Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele, both of whom are dealing with long term injuries. The former could be out for the season as well after picking up a serious calf injury in training.
Sergio Busquets returns from suspension and will start as the deepest of the midfield trio replacing Ivan Rakitic who has been putting in stellar performances for the club since the restart.
Busquets will be arched by Arturo Vidal on the right and Arthur Melo on the left. Arthur remains a Barcelona player till the end of the season even though his sale to Juventus has been officially confirmed. As for Vidal, he is pretty much a compulsion to tackle the Atletico Madrid’s physical game.
Riqui Puig also remains an option in midfield after his impressive performances against Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo, but will probably be benched to avoid fatigue.
Gerard Pique will be glad to start alongside Clement Lenglet in the heart of the defence who did not take part in the outing against Celta since he is one yellow card away from suspension. Samuel Umtiti’s shambolic display last week triggered a huge part of the Barcelona fanbase who were embarrassed to see how little effort the Frenchman put into the game.
Sergi Roberto returned to group training today, but might lack the match fitness to get the nod ahead of Nelson Semedo who has done a fairly good job dominating the right side. Jordi Alba will retain his spot on the left. This back four will be guarding Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal, who has been one of Barca’s best players this season.
In attack, we will have the pleasure of witnessing Lionel Messi again, who will start his sixth game in a row without a single minute of rest. He will be joined by his forever companion Luis Suarez and former Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann