Supercopa Preview: Atletico Madrid - Barcelona
The Spain striker left Camp Nou for the Vicente Calderon over the summer and will be eager to get one over on his old employer on Wedensday.
By Holly Gillett
Barcelona will look to continue its blistering form when it takes on Atletico Madrid in Wednesday's first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.
Gerardo Martino's reign at Camp Nou got under way in stunning fashion on Sunday as Barca thrashed Levante 7-0.
Lionel Messi showed no sign of the hamstring injury that had hampered his preseason, scoring twice, and will hope to add to his career tally of 20 goals against Atleti, having netted more against them than any other club.
Cesc Fabregas also returned from an ankle injury to star against Levante, although Martino is still without experienced defender Carles Puyol (knee), while young attacker Cristian Tello (hamstring) remains a doubt.
Atletico started the season with an impressive 3-1 win away to Sevilla as Diego Costa netted a double.
The Brazilian rejected advances from Liverpool to sign a new deal at the Vicente Calderon in the close-season and will hope to replace the goals previously scored by Radamel Falcao for Atleti, after the Colombian's move to Monaco.
All eyes, however, will be on David Villa, who will be taking on his former club. the former Valencia striker joined Atletico in the summer after three seasons with Barcelona.
Despite a strong start to the season however, Atletico manager Diego Simeone was not so enthused.
The former Argentina midfielder believes Barca and Real Madrid are too strong for any Liga sides to catch, which makes the Spanish top flight a "boring" competition.
When asked if his side could compete domestically this term, Simeone firmly said: "No, absolutely no. Madrid and Barcelona play in a different league. This is a boring championship for the rest of the supporters who can only aspire to be third or fourth.
"We'll have to wait for a different distribution of television money because now the league is only of two."
Top 3 Predictions
Atletico Madrid 1-3 Barcelona
- 22.32 %
Atletico Madrid 1-4 Barcelona
- 10.87 %
Atletico Madrid 0-3 Barcelona
- 10.41 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 9, 2014||Atletico Madrid 1 - Barcelona 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 1, 2014||Barcelona 1 - Atletico Madrid 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Jan 11, 2014||Atletico Madrid 0 - Barcelona 0|
|Spanish Supercup (ESPS)||Aug 28, 2013||Barcelona 0 - Atletico Madrid 0|
|Spanish Supercup (ESPS)||Aug 21, 2013||Atletico Madrid 1 - Barcelona 1|
|Apr 18, 2014||Atletico Madrid 2 - Elche 0||LIGA|
|Apr 13, 2014||Getafe 0 - Atletico Madrid 2||LIGA|
|Apr 9, 2014||Atletico Madrid 1 - Barcelona 0||UCL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Atletico Madrid 1 - Villarreal 0||LIGA|
|Apr 1, 2014||Barcelona 1 - Atletico Madrid 1||UCL|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|12||Jonathan Dos Santos||Midfielder|