Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has dismissed suggestions this could be the ideal time to face Barcelona, insisting the reigning LaLiga champions remain the best team on the planet despite recent wobbles.
The spotlight is on Barca and their under-pressure coach Luis Enrique in the wake of their 4-0 Champions League drubbing by Paris St Germain and subsequent under-par showing at home to Leganes last weekend.
In that match Barca needed a stoppage-time Lionel Messi penalty to escape with a 2-1 win,...
Luis Enrique stressed that this weekend will not be decisive in the La Liga title race as Barcelona take on fourth-placed Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.
League leaders Real Madrid, meanwhile, who have won just one of their five away games in 2017, travel to Villarreal, who boast the league's strongest defence.
However, Barca coach Luis Enrique was keen to keep it brief as he dodged questions about his side's recent form, the morale in the dressing room and the fitness of Javier...
Javier Mascherano returned to training on Friday but is not expected to be fit for Barcelona's game against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
However, Arda Turan will be available for Luis Enrique's side's clash against his former side at the Vicente Calderon.
Argentine international Mascherano came on as a second-half substitute against Atletico as Barca reached the Copa del Rey final earlier this month, but ended the game with a hamstring injury.
Barca never confirmed how long he would be sidelined...