Atletico Madrid 3-0 Huesca | La Liga

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Huesca | La Liga

Atletico Madrid beat La Liga minnows Huesca 3-0 in a midweek fixture while Title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid both dropped points. By virtue of the win, Atletico move up to third place in the La Liga table, just two points adrift of League Leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid. Diego Simeone’s men are looking much more solid now after a shaky start to the Season, the Los Rojiblancos have now won 3 games on the bounce, beating AS Monaco and Getafe before the win on Tuesday.  

Atletico Madrid needed three goals to put the result beyond question and all of their Goals came in the First-Half. Atleti opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Diego Costa selflessly assisted Antoine Griezmann after an impressive cut-back. Diego Costa may be going through a Goal Drought in the La Liga but it isn’t stopping the Spaniard from creating Goals. Thomas Partey doubled Atletico’s lead just before the half an hour mark with a sensational strike from 25 Yards and just four minutes later added a third goal through Koke. The Spanish midfielder intended to pass the ball to Angel Correa but ended up scoring instead, the goal was initially disallowed but the decision was rightfully overturned by VAR. 

Gimenez Injury and an eye on the Derby

Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan Centre-Back, Jose Maria Gimenez suffered a calf injury just before half-time, forcing Lucas Hernandez to take his place. Diego Simeone is certain that the Uruguay International will be fit for the Madrid Derby on Sunday. Simeone took advantage of his team’s 3 goal cushion and even took off key forwards Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa early in the Second Half, replacing them with Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins respectively. Clearly, Simeone has an eye on Sunday’s Madrid Derby, a win against Real could take Atletico to second place and close the gap on Leaders Barcelona.  

FC Barcelona 8 – 2 Huesca, Highlights | La Liga

FC Barcelona 8 - 2 Huesca, Highlights | La Liga

Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to an 8-2 rout against Huesca

Barcelona faced the 4th placed Huesca in La Liga before entering the International break. The newly-promoted side had sprung a surprise in their encounter against Athletic Bilbao in the league.

Up against them was the ultimate test of facing Barcelona at Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde made no changes to the playing XI, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Ousmane Dembele upfront.

At the back, Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique started for the Catalans with Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto on the wings. The midfield was marshaled by Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, and Philippe Coutinho.

On a warm evening at Camp Nou, the visitors were the first to score in the third minute of the encounter. Cucho Hernandez slotted home from close-range to give the away side the lead. Further, Barcelona struck back with their skipper Lionel Messi stroking home a fabulous goal.

The Argentine feined his way past three defenders before dragging his right-footed shot into the far corner beating Werner. Barcelona were not done for the night, as they attacked the Huesca post vehemently.

Barcelona got up-front in the encounter when Jordi Alba’s cross was turned in by Jorge Pulido(OG) at the far post in the 24th minute. Luis Suarez tripled the lead for the host when he poked home a Jordi Alba assist.

Gallar brought Huesca back into the game:

Alejandro Gallar brought Huesca back in the game when his first time shot found a way past ter Stegen into the empty net in the 42nd minute. At half-time, Barcelona went in with a 3-2 lead in a pulsating encounter.

The second half was a complete dominance by Barcelona, with Ousmane Dembele scoring the first of the second half goals. Dembele turned the defender, before knocking a right-footed shot past Werner. However, the best was yet to come for Barcelona as Rakitic volleyed a right-footed shot home at 5-2.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Jordi Alba added goals to the scoreline, as the match ended 8-2 in Barcelona’s favor. Yet another magical outing for Messi led Barcelona side in the league as they top the league.

La Liga Preview: FC Barcelona take on the new-comers Huesca in La Liga

La Liga Preview: FC Barcelona take on the new-comers Huesca in La Liga

Currently sitting at 3rd in the La Liga, FC Barcelona take on the new-comers Huesca who are one place below the Catalan club. The encounter against Huesca would be Barcelona’s last action before the International break.

Huesca comes into the Camp Nou knowing what is in store for them against the hosts. Barcelona can at times vary the opponents down with their string of passing in the middle of the pitch. However, Huesca’s form will put Barcelona under the scanner in the encounter.

Against Athletic Bilbao, the newly promoted side came from 2-0 down to level things at 2-2 in the pulsating encounter. Huesca have shown signs of courage and boldness in the La Liga, with four points in two games. Barcelona, under Ernesto Valverde, have looked up and down in the La Liga this season.

Team News:

Valverde would be looking to play his full strength team in the game, despite Huesca’s status. At the back, Ter Stegen would start the encounter against Huesca. At the centre of defence, Valverde is likely to pair Umtiti alongside Gerard Pique with Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto on the wings.

In the midfield, Sergio Busquets will make a start alongside Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic. In the attack, Lionel Messi would start alongside Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Valverde would be tempted to give a start to Arthur and Arturo Vidal against Huesca, but might not give it a go given Real’s victory earlier in the day.

Last season Barca conceded in nine of their 19 home games, with some of the division’s smallest clubs (Leganes, Eibar, Alaves, Girona) finding the back of the net at the Camp Nou. This time around, Barcelona will be looking to maintain the back-line much better than how they did last season.

Match Prediction:

Barcelona to win the encounter against Huesca in 3-1 fashion at Camp Nou before the International break comes in.