Messi has scored 14 goals in 11 appearances for Barca this season. AFP / Juan Ruiz
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The biggest game of the La Liga season so far is shrouded in political tension as Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid Saturday in their first trip to the Spanish capital since a Catalan independence referendum marred by violence.Despite a series of distractions, including the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and calls for Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign on top of the Catalonia crisis, Barca have started La Liga with a perfect record after seven games.Atletico have yet to beat Barca in 11 La Liga meetings since Diego Simeone took charge in 2011 .However, Barca are often vulnerable immediately after an international break with the likes of Messi and Luis Suarez only returning to training in Barcelona Friday.
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