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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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1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves199552219332
6Getafe197752116528
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

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