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Correa and Griezmann to start up front against Barcelona

Simeone tried out his ideal starting XI on Friday.

Atletico de Madrid v Athletic Club - LaLiga Santander Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Diego Simeone will start Ángel Correa up front alongside Antoine Griezmann when Atlético Madrid visit league leaders FC Barcelona at Camp Nou Spotify this weekend, according to reports in Spain.

Marcos Llorente is out through suspension, along with sparingly-used midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. Thomas Lemar will reportedly start in place of the former.

Memphis Depay is unlikely to get the chance to play at his former club as he continues recovering from a hamstring injury. He left Barcelona in January to play for Atlético and has scored four goals in nine games in LaLiga this term.

Possible Atlético XI vs. Barcelona

Simeone is set to start Jan Oblak in goal and field a back line of Nahuel Molina, Stefan Savić, José Giménez, Mario Hermoso, and Yannick Carrasco. De Paul, Koke, and Lemar will be in the midfield, while Griezmann and Correa will be partnered in attack.

Atletico de Madrid v UD Almeria - LaLiga Santander
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Diario As say that Álvaro Morata was tested in attack on Thursday as Correa missed training due to a virus. Correa returned Friday and started up front during training, which is when Simeone typically plays his starting XI for the weekend’s game.

Simeone is still searching for his first-ever win at the Camp Nou. He has managed 15 times at the stadium without a win, more than at any other venue during his decade-plus at Atlético.