Atletico Madrid Sunday seek to increase the pressure on a Barcelona trying to slowly recover from the dispute between coach Luis Enrique, and its star Lionel Messi.

Match Schedule
Atletico de Madrid vs Barcelona
La Liga 11 January 2015
At 02.00

This is the perfect time for Diego Simeone's team faces a Barcelona that has failed to convince this season and is in the midst of a conflict between Lionel Messi and his coach.

The controversy was somewhat attenuated after Thursday's 5-0 win over Elche's Copa del Rey, but a bad result on Sunday could return to rock the boat.

After the Catalan defeat against Real Sociedad, Atletico and Barcelona were tied in the standings with 38 points, just one behind leaders Real Madrid, who have a game and gets to Espanyol on Saturday.

"I do not understand this game differently than compete," said Diego Simeone. "To compete out there you have to compete internally," he said, emphasizing the work of the whole team.