Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Real Madrid vs Barcelona Copa del Rey Final April 16, 2014

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona  - Competition: Copa del Rey Final
Match date: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - Kick Off Time: 20:30 GMT - 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Espagne

FC Barcelona team are going through a rough patch right now. The Catalonians lost the last two games – first Atletico Madrid beat them in the quarterfinal of the Champions League (1:1 and 0:1), then they surprisingly lost the league encounter against Granada (0:1) last Saturday. Because of that defeat, Barcelona moved away from the Spanish La Liga, being one point behind Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, that has one game more to play. Two losses in a row are extremely disappointing for the team like Barcelona. Is this already a crisis? It seems like it. The upcoming Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid will be very challenging for Barcelona. It could basically be the only chance for Catalonians to win a trophy this season. Who would have thought!        
Real Madrid can be satisfied at the moment – they are in the UCL semifinal and are still very in play for the Spanish championship. In the Champions League they lost the second leg against Borussia Dortmund 2:0 but 3:0 home victory was enough to advance. Every cloud has a silver lining. In the Spanish Primera Division Real are second, having the same amount of point as their local rival, Atletico Madrid (which has one game more to play). The 4:0 win against Almeria in the last league round is a good sign before the upcoming game. They seem to be in a good shape and well prepared for the encounter against the Catalonians.    

Possible line-ups
FC Barcelona: Pinto – Dani Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Jordi Alba – Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta – Fabregas, Neymar, Messi.
Real Madrid: Casillas – Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, F. Coentrao – Xabi Alonso, Modric – di Maria, Isco, Bale – Benzema.

Barcelona last 5 matches:
29/03/14 Espanyol 0 – 1 Barcelona
01/04/14 Barcelona 1 – 1 Atlético Madrid
05/04/14 Barcelona 3 – 1 Real Betis
09/04/14 Atlético Madrid 1 – 0 Barcelona
12/04/14 Granada 1 – 0 Barcelona

Real Madrid last 5 matches:
30/03/14 Real Madrid 5 – 0 Rayo Vallecano
02/04/14 Real Madrid 3 – 0 Borussia
05/04/14 Real Sociedad 0 – 4 Real Madrid
08/04/14 Dortmund 2 – 0 Real Madrid
13/04/14 Real Madrid 4 – 0 Almería

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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