Here at Anytime football, we look at the three major talking points from tonight’s contest.
Luis Suarez answers his critics in the best possible fashion
It was Ronald Koeman who called up the Uruguayan international to inform him that his time at Barcelona was up and that forced him to consider a move to Atletico Madrid last season.
Suarez managed to score for his new club against Barcelona earlier tonight and his telephone gesture directed at the Barcelona manager during his celebration speaks volumes about how he feels about Koeman’s treatment.
The striker criticised the Dutchman publicly earlier in the week and he has now answered his doubters on the pitch as well.
Diego Simeone’s attacking setup
The Atletico Madrid manager is famous for his well-drilled defensive setups but he chose to go with an attacking unit of Marcos Llorente, Thomas Lemar Yannick Carrasco, Joao Felix and Luis Suarez against Barcelona tonight.
Simeone’s approach says everything you need to know about Barcelona’s decline.
The Argentine manager probably fielded his most aggressive side against Barcelona in over a decade because he knew all about their defensive vulnerabilities and his system paid off as Atletico Madrid cruised to a comfortable win over the Catalan giants.
Madrid clubs set to fight for the title
It is pretty much certain that Barcelona are out of the title race and the likes of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will battle it out for the domestic crown this season.
Tonight’s win over Barcelona takes Atletico Madrid level on points with the league leaders Real Madrid (although Los Blancos have a game in hand) and it will be interesting to see who ends up going all the way this season.