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Messi hits 600th career goal in Barca clash with Atletico

Messi hits 600th career goal in Barca clash with Atletico

At the Camp Nou this season, Ernesto Valverde's have won 10 of 12 games. The French global has scored 15 goals this season.

Atletico Madrid head to the Camp Nou on Sunday with the chance to go within two points of Barcelona should they emerge victorious, Partey believes all matches are equally important however. In La Liga this season, the duo has combined for 42 of Barcelona's 68 goals.

Atletico arrived on the back of eight consecutive wins but Barcelona halted the surge and instead restored their own lead at the top to eight points, with 11 games left to play.

"He gave us everything we were expecting from him, that's why we were very insisting to get him back with us, he gave us ambition, joy, hard work, passion and obviously an offensive power that gives us more chances to score", Simeone said of Costa. The striker has scored three goals and assisted two in the seven matches he has played, forming a unsafe partnership with Antoine Griezmann. The Portugal icon did this in style with his second goal during last June's Champions League-final triumph against Juventus. Suarez and Messi combined for five goals in Barcelona 6-1 win against Girona last weekend.

The referee ruled out a goal by Barcelona's Luis Suarez for offside and did not award the Catalan club a penalty after Saul pushed Coutinho. Barcelona drew 1-1 in the away leg at Stamford Bridge. Despite having made a decision to stay at the club to support them during their transfer ban, the Frenchman was initially unsettled, but has been professional throughout and is now back to his best.

Atletico started to recover the ball in Barcelona's territory, with Antoine Griezmann liberated from his defensive duties to boost their attack.

Sevilla are the side that have suffered most against Messi, with the forward scoring 29 goals in 31 games against the Andalusians, while Sunday's goal against Atletico took his tally to 28 goals in 36 outings against the Rojiblancos.

In the first meeting between these sides this season, Barcelona were able to escape with a 1-1 draw after Saurez scored a late equalizer.


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