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Koeman upset on missing Atleti clash: Yes, I feel like it’s personal

Fri 07 May 2021 | 14:30

Barcelona takes on Atletico Madrid tomorrow afternoon in a match that will be crucial to their La Liga title hopes.

With 74 points, the Catalans are tied for third place in the

La Liga

table with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid leads the way with 76 points, while Sevilla is in fourth place with 70. If Barcelona defeats Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou, they will only need Madrid to lose points to reclaim control of the race. Madrid plays Sevilla at Valdebebas only over 24 hours after Barcelona's match against Roji Blancos. Madrid, already reeling from their

Champions League

thrashing at the hands of Chelsea in midweek, could crumble under Catalan pressure if the Blaugrana win the day before. Still, if Barca lose points, Madrid would have a clear path to the top.

Atletico Madrid began the season strongly but has slowed since the start of the new year, while Barcelona began slowly but steadily before reaching new heights domestically starting in 2021. After winning the Copa del Rey, Ronald Koeman's side is aiming for a domestic double, which was thought to be unlikely before Christmas. Diego Simeone will be aiming for Atletico's second league win under his leadership.

Atletico began the season strongly but has slowed since the start of the new year, while Barcelona began slowly but steadily before reaching new heights domestically starting in 2021. After winning the

Copa del Rey

, Ronald Koeman's side is aiming for a domestic double, which was thought to be unlikely before Christmas. Diego Simeone will be aiming for Atletico's second league title under his leadership. 

However, Koeman will miss the game after receiving a red card against Granada. 

"

Yes, I feel like it's personal,"

the Dutchman said in comments carried by 

Mundo Deportivo

 of the resulting sanction.

"All for saying 'what a character'. I don't think that's insulting, it's not a reason to sanction someone for two games, so there's something else there. But the staff are good enough to take the game and we've been together for a long time. My ideas and their ideas are the same, so you don't have to go crazy if I can't be there."

 


source: SportMob