Atletico Madrid's 4-1 thumping of AC Milan in the Champions League displayed all of the title hopefuls attributes: teamwork, physicality, and finesse.
And striker Diego Costa continues to embody those characteristics as he took his season goal tally to 29 in all competitions, with 21 in the league.
The Vicente Calderon Stadium helped inspire the Rojiblancos against Milan, and the home crowd can help it avenge the club's lone defeat of the first half of the season against Espanyol when the team visits.
MADRID MIND GAMES
Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois dismissed reports he had an agreement in place to sign with Madrid, saying the reports were just a ploy to destabilize the team.
The Belgium keeper is on loan from Chelsea, and has a contract with the London club until 2016. Reports emerged suggesting Courtois had agreed to join Madrid when his deal was up with the English club.
"Everyone knows this type of thing can destabilize the team," Courtois said. "I want to keep playing here and they want me to as well."
WAITING FOR NEYMAR
While Lionel Messi answered critics against Manchester City, Barcelona forward Neymar did not.
The Brazil striker was a fleeting presence against City on Wednesday, showing little pace or creativity in attack before eventually coming off for Alexis Sanchez.
Coach Gerardo Martino acknowledged that forwards Sanchez and Pedro Rodriguez were not getting the playing time they deserve.
"When there are so many great players you are more likely to (be unfair) than not to be," Martino said. "These are decisions we take. Sometimes they come out well and sometimes badly."
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