A new-look Barcelona will visit Atletico Madrid

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A new-look Barcelona will visit Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona have a very tough test upon their return from the international break, 188bet as they visit the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano to take on Atletico Madrid with an advantage of just one point in the LaLiga Santander table.This could prove to be a decisive match in the title race and Ernesto Valverde will have to move things around on the tactics board ahead of the trip to Spanish capital.During Lionel Messi's absence through injury, Valverde had evolved his Barcelona side and they were achieving excellent results, even if they weren't quite as dazzling as attack as they are with the Argentine. Messi is now back and there's a need to reconfigure the system to find a balance, something they couldn't quite manage as they lost 4-3 to Real Betis in the forward's first game back.As much as Messi attacks like nobody else, he doesn't press like Rafinha had been doing in his absence and he doesn't dominate the wing like Ousmane Dembele can. As such, Valverde must find a solution to 188bet keep similar midfield domination, while simultaneously exploiting Messi's attacking talent. This task won't be easy given that the Catalan club are missing Ivan Rakitic, who is both injured and suspended.The Croatian midfielder has been the most-used player in recent months and will be tough to replace.Arturo Vidal and Sergi Roberto are both candidates to come in for him, but Vidal won't have had much preparation time after this international break and Roberto's inclusion in midfield would leave Nelson Semedo at right-back.On top of that, Philippe Coutinho, one of their most versatile players, is still a doubt after suffering an injury shortly before the international break.If the Brazilian isn't back in time for this weekend's fixture, then Valverde's job will be even more difficult. Whatever scheme the former Athletic Club coach comes up with, we can expect to see a new-look Barcelona at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. 188bet

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