FC Barcelona have seen Real Madrid move to within six points of them in the table following the 23rd round of matches. 'Los Blancos' are ready to crank up the pressure but Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona know how to keep a team at arm's length. This happened last season when it was Atletico Madrid who were the team closest to Barça.
In the 2017/18 season, Atletico travelled to the Camp Nou and were only five points behind. They had earlier taken advantage of Barça's slip at Las Palmas and the momentum appeared to be with Simeone's men.
A familiar history
Barça had paid for their efforts in the cup competitions, just like now, after drawing with Espanyol and Getafe. The complicated knockout tie with Chelsea further complicated matters.
The doubts were cast aside on the 4th March 2018. Barça beat Atleti 1-0 thanks to a stunning freekick from Leo Messi. That victory saw the gap stretch to eight points and Barça eventually march onto league glory.