Coutinho Starts For Barcelona As They Face Atletico Madrid In Title Decider

Messi's 24th LaLiga goal of the season was his third direct free kick in his last three games, and both teams' coaches Diego Simeone and Ernesto Valverde said afterwards at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon that the Argentine had been the difference between the teams.

"I don't know what would have happened if he was playing for Atletico".

Up front, the risky duo of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi will be the key men for Atletico Madrid to watch.

The La Liga leaders therefore have one day less to prepare for the game than Atletico and Valverde's pupils were consequently asked to train on Friday morning despite having arrived back in Barcelona in the early hours.

Against Atletico Madrid, Umtiti was the man, dominating the in-form duo of Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann. Subs - Correa 6, Gameiro 5, Lucas 5. Not a good sign. Many things can happen during a game.

Then at Las Palmas on Thursday he unleashed a missile into the top left corner, while today's effort was sent soaring gloriously into the top right.

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The Argentinian shook his head but soon recovered, moments later escaping a cage of four Atletico defenders before driving a shot straight at Jan Oblak. Just as it looked like Suarez was going to slide a finish past Oblak, Gimenez makes a sliding block.

Bottom team Malaga lost 2-0 at Leganes, with the Boquerones' former forward and Morocco global Nordin Amrabat among the scorers. The Barcelona striker believes that he has scored his team's second, but the flag was up for offside.

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Messi's achievements for his club have been nothing short of sensational, with his 500th career goal for Barca coming during El Clasico last April, as he sunk bitter rivals Real Madrid in stoppage time to help the Catalan giants win 3-2 on the night.

Lionel Messi stole the show as his free-kick took this season's unbeaten streak to 27 and closed any murmurings of a distant fall from grace.

For all Barca's dominance of possession in the opening 20 minutes, the only clear sight of goal came at the end of some trademark Messi magic.

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