Clasico: act 3! Tonight the real Madrid and FC Barcelona meet for the third time this season. The semi-final first leg of the Copa del Rey will be the scene of a new confrontation between the two cadors of Spanish football. If the Blaugrana are seven points ahead of Madrid in the league, the Merengues have the ambition to lift a trophy they have not won since 2014. For this first leg, Carlo Ancelotti will have to do without Ferland Mendy and David Alaba while the Italian can count on the return of Rodrygo. In a press conference, the Real coach confirmed the ambition to win the Cup while revealing certain elements of his composition: “We want to win a title. It’s our ambition, the Copa del Rey is important for us. Modric and Kroos on the bench tomorrow? It’s possible. We need energy so that Kroos can stay on the bench but “We also need experience. I have to think about it because we are lucky to have both Camavinga and Tchouaméni. Rodrygo feels good but he only trained once.”
On the Barça side, Xavi will have to do without several executives, especially among the attackers. Indeed, Pedri, Ousmane Dembélé and Robert Lewandowski are forfeited. These absences do not prevent the Catalan coach from being enthusiastic before the meeting: “I go there with enthusiasm, with desire. Going to the Bernabéu always motivates me. I love going to play there, trying to take the ball away from them. This kind of match excites me. I would love to play tomorrow (Thursday), in midfield, but I can’t. That’s why I tell players to dare, to try, because I would like to be in their shoes. Real are favorites because they are the reigning Spanish and European champions, but that’s another competition, it won’t have anything to do with the last Clasico in January. (…) We have to give 100%. You have to change your mentality, and this is a good opportunity to react.” After the early elimination in the Europa League against Manchester United, FC Barcelona made the championship and the King’s Cup priorities for this end of the season.
What time does Real – Barcelona start?
The kick-off of the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is scheduled Thursday, March 2 at 9:00 p.m. at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid (Spain). José Luis Munuera Montero will be the Clasico referee.
On which channel to follow Real – Barcelona?
King’s Cup TV rights holder, The team channel will broadcast the meeting between Real and Barcelona.
How to follow Real – Barcelona in streaming?
If you want to watch the Copa del Rey match between Real and Barcelona on your computer, smartphone or tablet, you will have to go to the site The Team.
What are the probable compositions of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona?
Real: Courtois (L) – Carvajal – Militao – Rüdiger – Nacho – Camavinga – Valverde – Modric – Asensio – Benzema – Vinicius.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (L) – Koundé – Araujo – Christensen – Balde – De Jong – Busquets – Roberto – Raphinha – F.Torres – Gavi.
What are the predictions for Real – Barcelona?
- Betclic: Real: 1.92 / Draw: 3.65 / Barcelona: 3.85
- Bwin: Real: 1.89 / Draw: 3.00 / Barcelona: 3.80
- NetBet: Real: 1.90 / Draw: 3.50 / Barcelona: 3.90
- Unibet: Real: 1.89 / Draw: 3.60 / Barcelona: 3.80