Barcelona edge Atletico what we learned

Barcelona edged closer to the La Liga title with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid with Diego Costa getting sent off in the match.

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Diego Costa cost Atletico

Diego Costa received a straight red card in the 28th minute by the referee after angrily protesting to Jesus Gil Manzano. The Atletico forward said something to the referee and Gil Manzano did not hesitate in sending off Costa.

The former Chelsea striker has not been having the best of seasons with just 3 goals to his name and just 15 games played mainly due to injury but his robust methods are still in play with seven yellow cards to his name in a ratio of 1:2 games

Jan Oblak one of the best

Atletico were saved from an embarrassing scoreline situation with Oblak keeping them in the game  with just 10 men however his goal was breached late on from a strike that slipped passed him.

Pique return solid compared to Samuel Umtiti 

Samuel Umtiti Villarreal performance highlighted his diminished role in the Barcelona defense that has seen him on the bench with Lenglet and Pique the first choice pairing as the Blaugrana looked more solid in defense and not prone to the odd counter-attack.

Malcom needs more starts

Malcom has been a periphery in the Barcelona squad but in recent weeks has taken the chances that Ernesto Valverde has given him with the attack looking more bright when he enters the pitch. With Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to content with for the left wing, the Brazilian is stacking a place in the first team.

Barcelona attack the difference

In the end, the Atletico defense couldn’t hold against the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez with the latter opening the scoring through a curling strike that beat Oblak in goal and the Argentine Maestro unstoppable run into the box that the Los Rojiblancos rearguard failed to dispossess him as he added the second two minutes later.

 

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