Barcelona welcome Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou on Tuesday evening with Quique Setien’s men now playing catchup in the La Liga title race.
The Blaugrana sit two points behind leaders Real Madrid, and Los Blancos having the better head-to-head record means the gap is effectively three points.
That means Barca can ill-afford any more slip-ups with six games remaining and will surely face a tough encounter against a resurgent Atletico side who have won four and drawn one of their five games since the restart.
These two sides played out an extremely tight game back in December which was settled by a superb Lionel Messi solo goal in the 86th minute.
Before the arrival of Simeone at the helm of Los Rojiblancos, this fixture tended to see Barca run riot with the Catalans scoring 23 times in the five home league games against Atletico prior to the Argentine’s appointment.
Atleti have played seven league games at Camp Nou since then, though, conceding just 14 times and the visitors will feel they can keep things tight once more.
Barca’s play has been noticeably flat since the resumption of the campaign and if there is one team in the division that knows how to nullify the attacking threat of Setien’s men it is Atletico.