Barcelona face Atleti at the Vicente Calderon in the Copa Del Rey Second Leg tie. Winning is the Objective.
After a scrappy 1-0 win at the Camp Nou through a late Messi goal from a penalty rebound, Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their pulsating Copa quarter final tie at the Calderon.
The Catalans have beaten their opponent on two occasions this season after failing to to secure a win in their previous 6 meetings.
Atleti qualified for the quarter finals after seeing off city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate but trail 1-0 to Barcelona and Simeone has said his team will take every minute of the game as if it was the Last.
Lionel Messi will be seeking to continue to hurt his favourite opponent who he has scored 22 times and has said he and his teammates will to everything to beat Atleti.
Barcelona have been given a boost at the back as defender Jeremy Mathieu is declared fit and is available for the game.
The Blaugrana outfit will also welcome Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez back to the squad as the duo were left out of Barca’s 6-0 sluttering of Elche in the Liga on sunday.
With Barca sharing happiness at the return of stars, Atleti will be without their most influential player Diego Godin who is suspended and star midfielder Koke may not feature in the game.
Atletico Madrid Vs FC Barcelona
Date: 28 January, 2015
Time: 9:00pm CET
Venue: Estadio Del Vicente Calderon, Madrid
Referee: Jesus Gil.
Atletico Madrid: Form in Copa del Rey: LWDWDL
Form in all competitions: WLDWLW
Possible starting lineup: Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Miranda, Siqueira; Gabi, Turan, Suarez; Griezmann; Mandzukic, Torres.
Barcelona Form in Copa del Rey: LWWWWW
Form in all competitions: WWWWWW
Possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic; Neymar, Suarez, Messi.
Atletico Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona.