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Barca manager Ernesto Valverde fully acknowledges the extra emphasis on their highly-anticipated clash with Atletico Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane expects Real Madrid to receive a boost as Karim Benzema returns from injury to the squad.
Fresh from leading Argentina safely to the 2018 World Cup, Lionel Messi is back in Barcelona, and they need him to lead the way vs. Atletico Madrid.
Barca, who have nine straight wins under new coach Ernesto Valverde, will face their toughest test of the season in Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Ernesto Valverde is delighted Argentina's direct World Cup qualification ensures Lionel Messi won't be required to travel to New Zealand next month.