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Arturo Vidal hoping to start against Atletico Madrid

Vidal hoping to start against Atletico
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Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal hopes that he will be given the nod to start Saturday's La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal is hopeful that he will be given the nod to start Saturday's La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Vidal - a summer arrival from Bayern Munich - has only started two La Liga games for Barcelona this season, and is already believed to be frustrated with his bit-part role at Camp Nou.

Ivan Rakitic's suspension means that there is a spot open in the Barcelona midfield for the clash with Atletico, and Vidal, who scored twice for Chile during the recent international break, is eyeing the position alongside Sergio Busquets and Arthur.

"I have returned from the international break and I'm here in Barcelona to work hard and impress," Vidal told Diario Sport. "Now I feel that I am at full capacity, at 100% and feeling very good.

"I scored a couple of goals and played really well, so I am in a good moment. Now I believe I am in a position to start but that is a decision which is up to the coach."

Vidal has managed two goals and two assists in nine La Liga appearances for Barcelona, who currently sit top of La Liga despite suffering a 4-3 defeat to Real Betis before the international break.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona27184563313258
2Real Madrid27168349193056
3Sevilla27138639291047
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
5Getafe27137737251246
6Atletico MadridAtletico271112431211045
7Valencia2711973839-142
8Villarreal27115114438638
9Granada27115113332138
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
11Osasuna2781093438-434
12Real Betis2789103843-533
13Levante27103143240-833
14AlavesAlaves2788112937-832
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
16EibarEibar2776142741-1427
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226
18Mallorca2774162844-1625
19Leganes2758142139-1823
20Espanyol2748152346-2320

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