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3 talking points as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid share a draw

A potential title-decider between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid ended in a draw at Camp Nou, leaving both side’s hanging off a cliff.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played out a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening, thereby keeping La Liga’s nerve-wreaking title race wide open. It was a game of two halves, but neither side was able to break the other down by the final whistle, thanks to the heroics of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jan Oblak.

Diego Simeone’s men needed a win to keep their title fate in their own hands but it wasn’t to be. The Argentine manager is yet to win a match at Camp Nou but faltered on one more occasion, despite his side’s best efforts, particularly in a dominant first half. Ronald Koeman’s side was better in the second half though.

What were the three talking points from a goalless but fair draw?

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BARCELONA LOSE GROUND IN THE TITLE CHALLENGE

Barcelona needed to beat Atletico Madrid to move top of La Liga, but they’re still two points behind Los Rojiblancos. If Real Madrid manage to beat Sevilla later on the weekend, they will move top jointly on points, but better on head-to-head against Atletico Madrid. Plus, Barca have now lost one of their most crucial players, Sergio Busquets, to a jaw fracture.

While it may have been hard to imagine Barcelona challenging for the league crown after one of their worst ever starts to the season, where they are now is a testimony of their consistency in 2021. As far as their most recent match is concerned, the Catalans were outplayed and conceded several chances, meaning they may be the happier of the two.