Atletico's Griezmann aiming to extend Barcelona dip

Atletico's Griezmann aiming to extend Barcelona dip

If we win, we go eight points clear and that's the intention.

Atletico entered the match with the best defense in La Liga with only 11 goals previously conceded.

Philippe Coutinho and Gerard Pique return to Barcelona's starting lineup for the crunch clash against Atletico Madrid, as Ernesto Valverde makes four changes to his side.

Barcelona was 11 points ahead of Atletico a few weeks ago, but Simeone's team has been thriving.

The France forward is peaking at the best possible moment, just before the decisive match against Spanish league leader Barcelona.

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The match against Atletico always promised to be a tight contest between the two top teams in Spain this season, but one whose result would probably not sway the title odds.

"There is no strategy to stop Lionel", Simeone said.

Another stellar performance by Griezmann would come in handy for Atletico.

Barcelona have one hand on the La Liga title after Lionel Messi's sensational free-kick earned them a deserved 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Griezmann's recent performances have put him in good terms with Atletico fans who had jeered him after his struggles earlier this season.

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Jose Mourinho has already denied United will look to spend big on another attacker this summer, but the club is believed to be desperate to partner Paul Pogba with Griezmann.

And now, in homage to the legendary Australian hard rock band, we've been given the most tenuous nickname of them all for Atletico Madrid's frontline: AG/DC.

"I really want to score and celebrate it on Sunday", he said.

The Frenchman received a standing ovation by the crowd at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium when he was substituted in the second half against Leganes.

The Atletico boss, who welcomes back defender Lucas Hernandez into his squad following injury, added: "Valverde resolved the departure of Neymar, changed a system that had worked successfully for many years, taught everyone that Barcelona can also play 4-4-2 and he's unbeaten in the league".

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The 24-year-old Ghana worldwide arrived at Wanda Metropolitano in 2011 and signed a contract extension for another five years, which keeps him at the club until 2023.

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