But Simeone, while praising Barca's work in adapting to the loss of Neymar, still sees Zinedine Zidane's men as the best team in the world.
"I feel I do pretty well against him when we play, although he always scores against us". It is very hard for us and very easy for them.
"When Messi or Cristiano get 50 goals, people think that the defences are bad, but they are not - there is no other goal and we are the same defences. But we have been more forceful in the Champions League and let's hope we can end that run in LaLiga".
Brazil and Argentina share one of the fiercest rivalries in global football, yet Brazilian left back Filipe Luis has nothing but praise for Argentine talisman Lionel Messi, even claiming that the Barcelona superstar could win the league with even a mediocre team.
In sporting terms, Barca travel to the Wanda looking to stretch their winning start to the season to eight league games and will look to Leo Messi, who was once again brilliant when he guided Argentina to the World Cup final with a win in Ecuador at the start of the week.
Fellow Argentinian Simeone said: "I watched the Argentina match".
Atletico defenders Filipe Luis and Lucas Hernandez missed the goalless draw at Leganes before the worldwide break, but both players have recovered from their hamstring injuries and are available. Messi had that night that all Argentines wanted and asked for. "Their grade 1 hamstring injuries kept them out of the match against Leganés and forced them to miss out on the worldwide break with their national teams", Atletico confirmed through an official statement.
"I know the best way to stop him". They defend as a unit and are disciplined.
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