Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Key stats ahead of Super Cup semifinal clash
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Key stats ahead of Super Cup semifinal clash
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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Key stats ahead of Super Cup semifinal clash

Barcelona will take on Atletico Madrid in the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup competition in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night. 

The two will battle it for a place in the finals in the newly revamped competition, which initially was a one-off match that acted as the curtain-raiser before a new La Liga season. 

The winner will face Real Madrid, who qualified on Wednesday night after thrashing Valencia 3-1.

Ahead of the tie, what are some of the stand-out stats?

Atletico Madrid

Atlético get to play in this revamped edition of the Super Cup as they finished second in last season’s LaLiga 

The Rojiblancos are currently third in the domestic competition with 35 points

Barcelona are leading the standings on 40 points, same as fierce rivals Real Madrid

They will be without Thomas Lemar and Diego Costa

Head-to-head

The last time the two sides met Barça Lionel Messi's goal late on was the difference

They have clashed six times in the Super Cup, with Barça winning four times

The Rojiblancos have beaten the Blaugrana twice 

Key stats

Leo Messi has participated in the most editions (11) and has won the most titles (8) 

Atlético Madrid are Messi’s second favorite victims, netting 30 goals against them in all competitions  

Diego Simeone has only won two of his 26 official matches against Barça as coach of Atléti 

Messi has 13 goals in the competition and is the all-time top scorer

Valverde is in second place as the coach who has overseen the most matches in the Spanish Super Cup

He has won two titles, one with Sevilla and the other with Barcelona

Should he (Valverde) triumph again in the final, he would equal Pep Guardiola and Cruyff, with three

Barcelona's squad

N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Todibo, Suárez, Messi, Neto, Lenglet, M. Wague, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña, C. Pérez, Riqui Puig, Collado, Ansu Fati, R. Araujo and Arnau.

Ter Stegen, Arthur and O. Dembélé have been excluded because of injury.

 

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