Barcelona and Atletico Madrid meet in the second Supercopa de Espana semi-final on Thursday evening in a match that will be tightly fought until Lionel Messi decides it.

A month ago, the two met at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and, after the hosts had spurned several chances and Marc-Andre ter Stegen had made some crucial saves, Messi popped up at the end to strike home the winner.

Atletico’s last trip to the Camp Nou ended with the sending off of Diego Costa before Messi and Luis Suarez finally found a way past Jan Oblak.

In fact, in 39 games against Los Rojiblancos, Messi has won 24 and scored 30 goals, including three hat-tricks and a number of braces.

In LaLiga Santander, only Sevilla have conceded more goals to the Argentine than Atletico’s 25.

Oblak looks to stop the No.10

Since Oblak arrived at Atletico, Messi has tended to score either one goal or none at all, rather than hat-tricks and doubles.

During Diego Simeone’s time in charge, there have been more encounters where Messi hasn’t scored (14) compared to meetings where he has scored (12).

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