Barcelona, the championship leader, will host their arch-rival from Madrid this Wednesday evening in the first leg of the King’s Cup semi-final. The Catalans have won the competition in the last four seasons, failing to reach the final only once in the last eight seasons. Real, on the other hand, will try to erase the heavy defeat of last October (1-5), which led to Julen Lopetegui’s departure. Both teams are suffering from several injuries as they enter this game.
Classico – FC Barcelona:
Ernesto Valverde: « I wouldn’t take any risks with Lionel Messi »
The doubt about Lionel Messi’s presence in the Classico against Real Madrid in the King’s Cup is still there. The Argentinian international, who left the game against FC Valencia last weekend due to pain in his right thigh, is still uncertain for Wednesday’s match against his arch-rivals. At a press conference, Ernesto Valverde did not ensure the presence nor the absence of his striker.
Update: Messi is included in Barcelona’s squad list, while Démbélé is still out for injury.
The players’ names in Barça’s shirts will be in Chinese in El Classico.
The Blaugrana will have their names flocked in Chinese on their jersey for this new clash against rival Real Madrid – a first in the history of the Catalan club, which announced this initiative on Tuesday evening, on the eve of the match.
Ter Stegen returns to the Copa del Rey after Two Years
Many doubts surround Barcelona’s starting line-up for the Copa del
Classico – Real Madrid:
« The scheduling is strange. It’s up to the League to answer. We must play and do the best we can. », said Solari when asked about their hectic game planning.
Solari has already cut the three least controversial players in Brahim Diaz, Alvaro Odriozola and Fede Valverde, while the injured Jesus Vallejo is also out.
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