Atletico Madrid and Barca both have won six of their seven matches and have one draw in the season. Barcelona have a goal difference of plus-two.
Atletico Madrid appear to be the biggest threat to La Blaugrana at the moment. What are the reasons?
Atletico Madrid striker Ibrahima talked about team unity. He said "team unity is the key" for Atletico Madrid in the current season.
Ibrahima talked about the unity of the players in the dressing rooms and on the field. He talked about the support from fans and other players on the Atletico Madrid website.
The idea of team unity (with notable exceptions of Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona) is not common. The reason is the clash of personalities in the majority of the clubs.
While team unity is a factor in Atletico Madrid being a big threat to Barca, there are more reasons.
The concept of team unity and a positive attitude is the key to 90 percent of the victories. An example of a positive attitude is gratitude.
Ibrahima thanked Atletico Madrid for being able to play for the team. This is the first time I have read an article about a player thanking his team.
It is a great thing at a time when there are players who complain about their clubs.
While attitude is one of the keys for Atletico Madrid being a threat to Barca, there is another one.
Radamel Falcao is another reason why Atletico Madrid could be the biggest threat to Barca. Falcao captured international attention during the UEFA Super Cup.
The result was Atletico Madrid defeating Chelsea to win the UEFA Super Cup. Falcao has not disappointed his team in the current La Liga season.
While Atletico Madrid poses a big threat to Barca, it is still early in the season. It remains to be seen how Atletico Madrid will fare in the current season.
The same applies to Barca when they face Deportivo La Coruna, which is currently threatened with relegation. It will be interesting to see how La Liga progresses with Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona.