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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has said that Wednesday's match against Atletico Madrid has nothing to do with revenge for the defeat and exit in last season's Champions League semi-final, pointing out it is a different football game.

"No, we're not thinking about that. It's a different game. It's a group-stage game so will be less emotional than a semi-final," the 25-year-old Spaniard said, according to his club's official website on Monday.

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Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich will play a rematch of last season's Champions League semi-final when the two football sides meet at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday.

The group game between the two clubs could go a long way to determining not only who qualifies for the knockout stages of the competition, but also who finishes top of their group after both teams won their opening games.

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Atletico Madrid picked up a valuable away point as they held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. The visitors deployed their traditionally suffocating defence, one that has made Atletico the least favourite opponent for star-studded attacking sides like Barca and Real Madrid.

Barcelona managed just three shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, all of them from a distance. Visiting keeper Jan Oblak turned aside efforts by Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, while a rocket from Neymar went just wide of the net.

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Atletico Madrid are traveling to Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday's La Liga clash against the Catalan football club at the Camp Nou stadium.

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Although five round of matches have been gone through in the Spanish La Liga so far, Wednesday's fixtures could be decisive in portending this football season's league title.

League leaders Real Madrid will look for a record 17th consecutive win when they entertain Villarreal in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, while second place FC Barcelona play at home against Atletico Madrid.

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Atletico Madrid's Argentine coach Diego Simeone may introduce changes to his usual starting line-up during Wednesday's La Liga match against champions FC Barcelona.

The match will be played at Barcelona's home ground at the Camp Nou stadium, and the team may include Gabi in place of Nico Gaitan and Juanfran Torres instead of Sime Vrsaljko.

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Goals from James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema have given Real Madrid their fourth league win of the season to keep them top of the La Liga table. Real Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale on Sunday night, but coach Zinedine Zidane still decided to leave Alvaro Morata on the bench for the trip to Barcelona to face Espanyol, allowing James Rodriguez to make his first start of the season.

He was rewarded when James opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime with a left foot shot. Karim Benzema then sealed the win after good work from Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez 20 minutes from time.

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