The duel between Koeman and Simeone at Camp Nou will also be a clash of two different styles of play for two teams with different dynamics.
One common goal: to win the match.
The winner will become the provisional leader of La Liga, three days from the end.
An almost complete FC Barcelona, sure of its qualities
To face Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona will be able to count on an almost complete workforce, with the only absences of Ansu Fati, operated Thursday for his meniscus injury and Coutinho, who is recovering from his operation in Brazil.
Martin Braithwaite is back in the squad after his ankle injury and could come in during the match to unblock the situation.
Koeman is expected to reiterate his offensive 3-5-2 game plan, although he is unsure whether he can sit on the bench following refereeing penalties.
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Barça, after a complicated start to the season, has been in great shape since the start of 2021: 16 wins in 19 La Liga games.
"We are in a situation that we did not expect" acknowledges Koeman.
Today in the race for the title, Barça seeks to overtake Atleti in the standings (74 points, or as many as Real against 76 for Atleti).
If they win, the Blaugranas would go ahead, but could be caught up in the standings by Real Madrid, if they win against Sevilla on Sunday.
The goal difference remaining favorable to Barça (47 against 34 for Real).
The Barcelona coach is convinced: "If we win our next 4 games, we will be champions."
An Atlético with many uncertainties at Camp Nou
If on the one hand the Catalans seem quite serene, the Madrilenians have taken the opposite path (7 wins in 5 games since the end of January).
Flamboyant at the start of the season (only one defeat in La Liga until the end of January), Simeone's men have lost many points, yet well on their way to being champions.
They move to Camp Nou to secure their first place more than ever in danger, with the entire workforce.
No changes planned in the XI, el Cholo should align his now classic 3-4-3.
To see if he chooses an offensive approach as we could see at the start of the season, or if he prefers to lock, for fear of the Barcelona ultra-offensive game.
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The match will be special for Luis Suarez who will return to Camp Nou as visitors, after leaving it for free last summer for Atlético Madrid.
FC Barcelona also intends to pay tribute to him before the match.
Particular also for Griezmann, who will play against his former club.
Diego Simeone, who has never won at Camp Nou, will have to win this Saturday if he wants to see his team continue to hope for the title.
“There is always a first time in life for everything” reassures the Argentinian technician.