Barcelona had to endure a difficult game against Atletico Madrid but they came out on top in the end, thanks to a slick goal from Lionel Messi. With the win, Barcelona are again at the top of the table with 31 points from 14 matches.
Atletico, meanwhile, have been plunged down to sixth in the table with 25 points from 15 matches. With that in mind, here are the three things that we learned.
3. Lionel Messi does it again
Lionel Messi is better than no footballer. Hence, no footballer is better than Lionel Messi. At the age of 32, he is still deciding matches in the favour of his side and against the Rojiblancos, he once again brought home all the three points for the Camp Nou outfit.
The Argentine scored in the 86th minute after rushing forward with the ball, passing it to Luis Suarez for a one-two and then caressed it past Jan Oblak to score the only goal of the game and seal all three points for Barcelona.
2. Diego Simeone is yet to open his account
Diego Simeone might have changed the complexion of Atletico Madrid’s modern history but Barcelona have been the bogeyman for the Argentine. Indeed, the former Argentina midfielder hasn’t beaten Barcelona in the league as a manager yet and his winless streak continued last night.
In total, Simeone has played 17 times in the league against the Catalans and has no wins in even one of them. His overall record is also not good as he has only two wins from 26 matches.
1. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is Barcelona’s saviour
Barcelona have signed some great players in this decade but none have been better than Marc-Andre ter Stegen. There is no doubt that by the time he leaves the club, the German will almost certainly be the greatest ever gloveman the Catalans have ever had.
He made two crucial saves in the first half to deny Alvaro Morata and Mario Hermoso from scoring for the Rojiblancos. If it weren’t for him, the Catalans would have been chasing the game and Messi’s goal in the end, might just having worked as a consolation.