Real Madrid dominant in first half

Match Preview - Barcelona vs R Madrid | 06 Feb 2019

Real Madrid will have to overcome Barcelona if they want a place in the final of the Copa del Rey.

Messi is a doubt for the game having picked up a thigh problem in Saturday's 2-2 La Liga draw with Valencia, with tests to determine the extent of the injury due on Tuesday.

Messi has been in typically imperious form this season, netting almost 30 goals in all competitions but Valverde says that Barcelona have enough firepower in their arsenal to overcome Real Madrid even if their captain isn't on the field. The run in the Copa Clásicos is completed by the draw in Barcelona during the second leg of the 2011/12 quarter-finals. "In football, it's always best that the best players play in every game, that's just how it is", Solari said.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said the uncertainty about Messi wasn't affecting his team's preparations.

The fact that these games seem more likely to define Madrid's season than Barcelona's says everything about the two clubs' current fortunes. You'll also get access to the Champions League, La Liga, English Premier League, and much more. "If the league ended tomorrow, it would be a different question". Bale returned as a starter on Sunday alongside Benzema and Vinicius Junior as Alaves were beaten 3-0, the team's fifth consecutive win in all competitions.

Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after a red card during the Supercopa de Espana Supercopa Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on August 13, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Interestingly, the 42-year-old claimed his job at the White House within 24 hours after Julen Lopetegui's side was humbled 5-1 by the Catalans.

"Your morale is very important and they tend to play well here". We have the player we believe is the best in world but they also have great players.

The first leg of the semifinal in the Copa del Rey is the first of three matches between the rivals in less than a month.

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