Atlético are hosting Espanyol at Vicente Calderón on Saturday, a tough game beforehand and considering Los Periquitos current league position. Several players have left the club during the summer and some new have come in their place, though it has to be said; Pochettino's work here has been good with limited funds and they've managed to promote several talented players into the first team without losing any points at Cornellà El-Prat.
Espanyol have actually won all of their games in Barcelona this season with a perfect home-record of six wins, only Real Madrid has the same record.
They've had a harder time away from home though; only one win and four points out of six possible games. Their away record on Vicente Calderón isn't doing them any favours either; only six wins in 67 tries where Atlético have ended up winning 47 times, the biggest win in Madrid coming in the 1956-1957-season where the team won 8-1.
Pochettino will be without several players who could go straight into the starting line-up, all of them are unavailable through injuries. This means we'll most likely see Espanyol start in this formation against Atlético on Saturday night.
Javi López - Amat - Forlín - Dídac
Baena - Javi Márquez
Luis García - Verdú - Callejón
Moving on; Atlético will be without Álvaro Domínguez because Quique left him out of the squad for a unknown reason, so far. Domínguez isn't enjoying the best of time right now, unfortunately and some fans think he'll be sold to Bayern, but we all know how fickle Atléti-fans can be at times. Everyone else will be available, the same goes for Asenjo and Borja who've just come back from their serious knee-injuries, the latter will most likely feature for Atlético B during the weekend as they're missing a proper striker.
Quique said there won't be any major changes or rotations which leaves us with the same starting eleven as we played against Erreala last weekend, unless Paulo is able to take Mario's spot and Filipe goes back into the starting line-up, a good battle though.
Ujfaluši - Godin - Perea - Filipe
Reyes - Mario/Paulo - Tiago - Simão
Kun - Forlán
Our fullbacks need to watch our for Callejón's ability as he's already got two goals and three assists this season. I suspect they'll start like they did against Villarreal where they were much better, only to get hammered because they couldn't come back from a poor goal. Atléti should simply put pressure on their CB's and attack through the flanks as usual; Jordi Amat is only 18 years old and a former member of the Spanish U17's who were so successfull last year. Very talented defender.
The game starts at 22:00.