Anger grows over COVID-19 outbreak in Uruguay squad with captain Diego Godin latest to test positive
An outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Uruguay squad is causing increasing alarm as captain Diego Godin became the 16th member to test positive for the virus after returning to his club.
A first league victory over Barca since 2010 would put Atletico nine points clear of their opponents and extend an impressive unbeaten run in the league to 24 matches.
LaLiga: Barcelona's salary cap for 2020-21 season slashed by $350 million amidst ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has had huge economic effects on Spain's top-flight teams, with Barca among those worst affected.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Uruguay's Luis Suarez tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Brazil clash
The positive test also means Suarez will miss his club Atletico Madrid's La Liga outing against Barcelona, which would have been the first time he ran out against his former team.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Brazil beat Venezuela to lead South American qualifying group; Uruguay beat Colombia
Brazil unconvincingly beat Venezuela 1-0 at home, but that was enough for coach Tite's team to take the lead in South American World Cup qualifying with nine points from three matches.
LaLiga: Unbeaten Atletico Madrid take top spot; Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona off the bench as Ansu Fati suffers injury
While Messi got Barcelona back on track, Joao Felix’s latest double helped Atletico Madrid rise to the top of the league with a convincing 4-0 rout of Cadiz.
LaLiga: Real Madrid ease pressure on Zinedine Zidane with win over Barcelona in El Clasico; Atletico beat Betis
Barcelona might feel hard done by, especially as Ramos' penalty was awarded after a check by VAR and a hugely exaggerated fall by Madrid's captain after Clement Lenglet tugged his shirt.
Suarez was informed of Barcelona's decision to get rid of him through a call from new coach Ronald Koeman, hired after the team was thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.
8 weeks have passed since the humiliation against Bayern Munich and what has been a miserable period for everyone associated with the historic club.
LaLiga: Real Betis climb to top of league table with win over Valencia; Villarreal hold Atletico Madrid to goalless draw
Atletico Madrid struggled again with Luis Suarez in attack, and were held by Villarreal for their second straight 0-0 draw. Meanwhile, Eibar claimed a 2-1 victory over Valladolid.
Matchday previews: Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds host Manchester City; Roma seek first win of season against Udinese
Roma seek their first win of the season when they visit Udinese, who lost their opening two matches.
"There are no negotiations with Manchester United," said Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes. "Dembele is a player we are counting on."
LaLiga: Luis Suarez, Diego Costa 'can play together for sure,' says Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone
The 33-year-old forward Suarez joined Atletico after six seasons at Barcelona with Costa, 31, saying he welcomed the arrival but would fight for his place in the side.
Koeman decided to rely on an attack led by Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and the 17-year-old Ansu Fati.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi scores in first game since Barcelona transfer dispute; Luis Suarez nets brace for Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez, whose departure was confirmed on Thursday, marked his Atletico Madrid debut by scoring twice in a 6-1 win over Granada.
Simeone said Suarez trained with his new side on Friday and is in line to make his debut against Granada at the Wanda Metropolitano this weekend.
'Nothing surprises me anymore', Lionel Messi bids farewell to Luis Suarez with fresh dig at Barcelona management
Messi has a long-running feud with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu which intensified after Barcelona were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern in a Champions League quarter-final in August.
Suarez was let go by Barcelona following six mostly successful seasons in which he won 13 titles with the Catalan club. He leaves as Barcelona's third highest scorer ever with 198 goals, behind César Rodríguez (232) and Lionel Messi (634).
All the signs are that Suarez is poised to join Diego Simeone's Atletico, who like Barca make their La Liga seasonal bow this weekend.
While Luis Suárez is not under investigation, the director and general director of the Perugia university where the Uruguay forward took the exam are being investigated for allegedly helping him pass the test