Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been fighting tooth and nail in the La Liga this season, with the latter at the moment holding a slight advantage. The rivalry will now trickle onto the European stage as well as the two sides clash in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, starting with the first leg at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
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Only a single point separates the two sides in the Spanish league at the moment, which shows just how fine the margins will be over the two legs. Barcelona will be determined to, first, pick up a win in the first leg in front of their own fans, and, second, and possibly more importantly, keep a clean sheet to avoid conceding that always-important away goal.
"The key to winning the game will be in matching the intensity that they bring to the game," Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino said. "We have to have the confidence in our ability to play an ordered game -- if we play as we can then we have a great chance of going through.
"We have to be careful about giving the ball away and leaving spaces for them to hit us on the counter. I'm not expecting an open game, but Atletico will come and look to score for the away goal. We have to make sure that we win and also that we don't concede -- that will give us a degree of confidence going into the second leg."
Atletico have been terrific under the astute leadership of Diego Simeone, and are at their most dangerous when facing a side that will have the majority of possession. The Spanish side can be deadly on the counter, and have the quality to hurt any defence in the world.
"We have to play a very fluid game, with no breaks and plenty of possession," Barcelona full-back Dani Alves said. "If we have the ball, Atletico will hardly have any chances -- that's the way forward and the only way to reach the semifinals. Have possession and take your chances."
Barcelona have shown their weaknesses on occasion this season, but, without a doubt, remain one of the best teams in Europe. The experience of playing in the big games time and again will be an advantage for the former champions and Atletico manager Simeone knows he will have to prepare his side to face a "different Barca."
"Of all the matches against Barca this season, this is the most complicated and difficult one," Simeone said. "We're going up against the best Barca. It's the Champions League, and they will want to wrap up the tie here.
"Barca are playing very well. The match against [Real] Madrid gave them a lot of strength. They are a team that's prepared for this type of game because they are used to it."
Team news: Barcelona: Alex Song, who missed the win over Espanyol at the weekend because of a calf injury, and Pedro Rodriguez, who missed training on Sunday, have been included in the squad, along with Carles Puyol, even though the defender has not been given the all-clear to return to first team action. Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been ruled out for seven months, while Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan Dos Santos remain sidelined.
Atletico Madrid: Simeone has a major worry over one of his most important players, after striker Diego Costa suffered a knee injury in training. The manager did not sound positive about the Brazilian-born Spanish international's chances of playing in the first leg.
"The medics will evaluate his condition but I reckon it is unlikely that he'll play," the Argentine said.
Atletico will definitely be without the suspended Raul Garcia and the injured Javier Manquilo.
Key men: Barcelona: Lionel Messi, obviously. If the Argentine light up like he did in the El Clasico, then Barca will have one foot in the semifinals.
Atletico Madrid: If Costa is ruled out, the onus will be on David Villa, the former Barcelona player, to try and hurt his team with an away goal or two. Playmaker Arda Turan will also be key, while it will be interesting to see how Koke performs against the man he has been compared to - the incomparable Xavi.
Expected lineups: Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets Iniesta; Fabregas, Messi, Neymar.
Atletico Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Luis; Gabi, Suarez; Koke, Diego, Turan; Villa.
Prediction: 2-1 to Barcelona