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Barcelona stars performance in international break giving them the edge over Atletico

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Two of La Liga’s heavyweights meet in the capital as Atletico Madrid host a Barcelona side who are yet to drop a point.

It is the first big test for Barcelona in La Liga as they looking forward to strengthen their position in the top of the table.However their players have done quite well in the last international break which will surely give Barcelona the cutting edge over their rivals

LIONEL MESSI: The Barcelona and Argentina number 10 was in tremendous pressure this week as his country was in the edge of elimination for the 2018 world cup. However the little magician once again showed his class and rescued his country with a heroic hat-trick which dragged Argentina back from the brink of an embarrassing World Cup exit with a 3-1 win in Ecuador.

After the shock of falling behind after 38 seconds to Renato Ibarra, Messi shouldered the hopes of an entire nation and put in one of the greatest individual performances in international football history by scoring a famous treble (12, 20, 62) when it mattered most.His top form is giving Barcelona fans the hope of victory against a tough Atletico side.

PAULINHO: The Brazilian is enjoying a good spell in Barcelona by performing well in the early matches of the season and also proving his doubters wrong. The Brazilian looked in fine shape against the tough Chile side too.He scored the all important first goal to break the deadlock.It took a mistake from Claudio Bravo to let Brazil open their tally, a Neymar free-kick was struck over the wall but Bravo managed to get a hand to it.

But the ball spilled straight into the path of Paulinho who slotted it into the corner from six yards past the Manchester City ‘keeper on 55 minutes. Not just the goals but the overall numbers showed why he is one of the main man of Tite’s side.

Paulinho by numbers vs Chile

89% passing accuracy
39 passes completed
3 clearances
2 long balls
2 tackles
1 interception
1 goal

LUIS SUAREZ: The striker didn’t have a great start to the season with injury problems however he showed his class against Bolivia with a brace which secured the place in Russia for his country. Suarez’s assertive movement forced the Bolivian defence to scramble.In the 60th minute, Suarez effectively put the result beyond doubt. One-on-one with Lampe after Bentancur’s penetrative ball forward, Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer coolly finished.

Suarez extended his all-time tally to 49 with a lovely finish in the 76th minute. Substitute Cristian Rodriguez found the Uruguayan talisman with his back to goal, before he finished across Lampe on the turn.

Facing Atletico Madrid in their home soil is always tough for any team but the form Barcelona stars showed during the international break will surely boost their confidence.