Jan Oblak breaks free from his nightmare

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Atletico Madrid welcome Barcelona to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening, yet the match won't give Jan Oblak his usual nightmares, mainly due to the fact his nemesis, Lionel Messi, won't be involved.

Messi had been a constant thorn in the side of the Slovenian stopper, scoring 10 goals in 18 games played against the former Benfica star, but having left Barcelona there is now one less thing to fear.

Oblak hasn't conceded anywhere near as many goals to a single player as he had with the Argentine, although he is actually on a clean sheet streak against the Catalan giants with Saturday's game having the potential to be his third in a row.

With that being said, Atleti don't have the same defensive resolve as in recent years, and this makes perfect sense when you consider the sheer number of attacking options available to Diego Simeone.

The defensive structure would always suffer and it's telling that Los Colchoneros have kept just three clean sheets in nine matches across all competitions this term.

Oblak will need to make more saves over the course of this season, but with Barcelona lacking Messi, Saturday's clash will not be the potential nightmare it previously had been for the goalkeeper.

Bring back the wall

Atletico haven't started as their usual defensive selves this season, and they have only kept three clean sheets - against Elche, Porto and Athletic Club - something which is far from usual under Simeone.

Even Oblak hasn't been his usual rock solid self, and on Saturday he will come up against Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who, along with Thibaut Courtois, will provide the competition to be crowned LaLiga Santander's best goalkeeper.

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