In preparation for Barcelona’s match against Atletico Madrid, Guardiola praised Simeone, who according to Pep has changed the dynamic of the team. Earlier in the week, Guardiola said that, “It is obvious that the team has the manager’s mark. The team has a soul; they are intense, aggressive and all of the players work and put in a strong effort.”
Guardiola and the squad were aware of Atletico’s unbeaten record under Simeone and that a visit to the Vicente Calderon Stadium is rarely a stroll in the park.
Despite the fact that Barcelona enjoyed 83% possession during the first half, Atletico Madrid forced FCB to play a patient, yet meticulous match. Patience would pay of when a goal from Alves gave them a first half lead.
The Alves goal forced Atletico Madrid’s hand and the home side immediately set about scoring an equalizer. It was to come early in the second half through Falcao following a defensive gaff by Busquets.
With ten minutes remaining, it would be a goal from Messi that would put Barcelona back in the lead for the second a final time. A quick free kick by the Argentine before the wall was set would catch Atletico off guard, and was enough to give Guardiola and his squad the much needed 3 points.
Guardiola, still aware of the large gap that remains between FCB and La Liga leaders, Real Madrid said that it won’t be an easy task to fight back and cut into their lead, but that the only objective for the moment is “to win each game as they come.”
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