Champions League Quarter-Finals 1st Leg: Barcelona vs. Atletico MadridPublished April 5, 2016 by Sol FH
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid live at 19:45 GMT, in the first leg of their quest for back-to-back Champions League glory.
After a run of 39-straight wins, Barcelona finally lost a match at home to Real Madrid. It was a surprise to the team, as well as the fans because Barca was in full control until around the 70th minute of play, when things began to unravel. Many people say that the loss has softened Barcelona, but others say that the loss has actually poured fuel on the fire and Atletico will be the team to get burned.
Atletico have had an amazing season in La Liga and are still in second place, just six points back from Barcelona. Wary of the Barcelona defense and of course their trinity of strikers, Atletico knows that they will need to try and control the ball and make quick and smart passes in order to try and slow down the inevitable Barcelona attack.
Messi, Neymar and Suarez. 'Nuff Said? Three of the best in the world on the pitch at the same time is just too much for most teams, which is why Barcelona have dominated so many games in the Champions League. The previous meetings between the teams on a European stage were in the Champions League in 2013/14 at Camp Nou, where Neymar's goal late in the game tied the match 1-1 after Diego opened the scoring for Atletico in the first leg. A week later, Koke put in the sole goal of the second leg, which ultimately ousted Barcelona from the tournament and ended a six-year run of them making the Semi-Finals; something they will be looking to avenge tonight.
Champions League Betting
Tonight's game is being covered comprehensively by bet365 Sports. The famed UK sportsbook has odds in favor of Barcelona at 1.50, while Atletico are surprisingly way behind at 8.00. This could be the bet that punters dream of, as an Atletico victory or draw (4.33) could be a reality. Check out the live in-play bets throughout the match as well.