Confirmed Line-ups: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

Barcelona gave up more ground to Real Madrid in La Liga's title race on Tuesday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Madrid as a late penalty from Saul Niguez cancelled out Messi's 700th career goal.

The former midfielder once rejected the offer at the start of the season when he was contacted to replace Ernesto Valverde by Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal, before the appointment of Quique Setien as Valverde's successor.

Luis Suarez, who scored a brace in the draw, told reporters after the game that the club's coaches were to blame for Barcelona's poor away form. Barcelona now stands on number two of the points table with 69 points whereas the Los Blancos are on the number one position of La Liga 2019-20 points table.

"The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways", Spanish daily Sport quoted Xavi as saying in a video call where the 40-year-old outlined his plans for the future.

"I think that's why coaches are there, to analyse those situations", said Suarez, when asked why Barca had dropped more points away from home.

"I'm a club man".

"It's clear that after an election would be the ideal stage", Xavi said.

Since the resumption of football in Spain after the coronavirus-enforced break, Barca have seen a two-point lead at the top of La Liga turn into a two-point deficit as Real Madrid now lead the way with just six games remaining of the campaign. I'm not ruling anything out.

In the second half, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi successfully converted the penalty, making it 2-1 as he reached the 700th goal in his professional career. Meanwhile, leaders Real Madrid are set to take on Getafe in their next La Liga outing.

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