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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored the winner against Atletico Madrid last seasonReuters

The first blockbuster game of the new La Liga season comes in the shape of Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Both Atletico and Barcelona have made perfect starts to their campaigns this season, even if neither have been 100% convincing, in terms of performances.

However, all that matters in the early part of the season is wins, and as long as the three points keep coming their way, neither team will complain too much.

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis believes his team will need to take full advantage of playing at home, if they are the beat the reigning champions.

"Barcelona has just won all the titles and has many resources," Luis was quoted as saying by the club's official website. "The squad is practically the same as last year. They have a lot of resources and they are always the favourites in all the games.

"We have the advantage of playing at home and it will surely be a nice fixture, hard and intense. We are very confident and we must follow the line of these two first League games where we have won and, in addition, we haven't conceded a goal."

Stopping the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez will be a tall order, but if there is a side capable of showing the necessary discipline over the 90 minutes it is certainly Diego Simeone's men, who are yet to concede a goal this season.

The 2014 champions also have the weapons up front to hurt Barcelona, who won the La Liga title last season with a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon, courtesy some Messi magic, on the counter-attack, with Antoine Griezmann set to be the danger man for the Barca defenders, owing to his pace.

Neither side have any new injury worries, with players returning from international duty without any complaints. Barring a late injury, the team news should remain similar to a couple of weeks ago for both Barcelona and Atletico, with Simeone also able to call upon Luis, after the left-back missed the 3-0 win over Sevilla a fortnight ago.

"Obviously, everybody wants to play this type of matches," Luis added. "The entire team has to give their all, since Barcelona has players who are very difficult to stop.

"My last game against them was the one in which we won the league, it was a very important day – Luis then moved to Chelsea for a season, before re-signing with Atletico this summer -- but I think that they have improved greatly. I am eager and excited to play again and do my bit so the team tries to win."

La Liga schedule: Saturday, 12 September: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona (8.30 pm local time, 12 am IST, 7.30 pm BST, 2.30 pm ET) at Vicente Calderon in Madrid.

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