Real Madrid are all set to host Barcelona in the 2nd leg of the Copa del Rey at Santiago Bernabeu tonight. The winner of this fixture will qualify for the final of the cup, which will take place on 25th May.
This is the third El Clasico and first of this week as the two sides will face each other in La Liga on the coming weekend. There is no doubt that so many El Clasico has excited the fans but one thing that is missing is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nevertheless, the two sides have many big names in their respective sides and all these players are quite capable of providing good competitive battle. Moreover, there are phenomenal strikers in both the rosters, which make sure the game doesn’t end goalless.
In the first El Clasico of this season, Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou. This devastating result led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari took over the charge of Los Blancos.
Since then a lot has changed at Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid got back to form and climbed up to the third position in the La Liga table. Also, in the 1st leg of this semi-final, Los Blancos performed brilliantly and got an advantage of away goal as the fixture ended at 1-1.
This was a huge boost for Madrid but the last couple of games hasn’t been great and that has put the preparation for this game under doubt.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are La Liga leaders and their last game against Sevilla was a huge boost for this crucial encounter. It will be interesting to see, what tactics they apply tonight. Because for Blaugrana both the El Clasicos of this week are important. While for Madrid this game is more important in comparison to the second El Clasico this week.
Real Madrid does not have any serious injury issues. Marcos Llorente and Isco are the only two players, who are under doubt for this encounter.
As for Barcelona, Arthur, Jasper Cillessen, Rafinha and Clement Lenglet are sidelined from this fixture due to injury issues.