Clean sweep for Luis Enrique against Atlético Madrid

Luis Suárez takes on the Atlético defence at Camp Nou / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Since the Asturian arrived at the helm of FC Barcelona, he boasts a perfect record against Los Rojiblancos

Revenge on the cards

Barça and Atlético met at the same stage of the Champions League in 2013/14. The side led by Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino were unable to defeat Los Rojiblancos, drawing 1-1 at Camp Nou before losing 1-0 at the Vicente Calderón. The upcoming tie, therefore, hands the Catalans a chance to avenge the disappointment of two years ago.

FC Barcelona found out during Friday’s draw that their Champions League quarter-final opponents would be Atlético Madrid, a tough opposition no doubt but one that the current manager has an enviable record against.

Since Luis Enrique took over as manager, the Catalans have faced the club from the capital on six occasions, resulting in six wins for the Asturian boss over his counterpart Diego Simeone.

Four of those victories have come in La Liga and two in the Copa del Rey which included some significant memories and landmarks.

The run began last season in the league at Camp Nou with a 3-1 win which saw the now iconic celebration of the front three. The second match at the Vicente Calderon was even more special, as a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderón wrapped up the league title.

That season, the two sides also did battle in the quarter-finals of the cup. Barca took a 1-0 win in the first-leg at home, and followed it up with an enthralling 3-2 in the capital, en route to winning the competition.

This campaign has seen 2-1 wins for Barca, first away and then at home, which has helped Luis Enrique’s side maintain an eight-point advantage over Atletico who lie in second place in the domestic standings.