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Copa del Rey

  • 20 April 2011
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 55000
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Barcelona – Real Madrid Preview: Pep Guardiola's side hoping to build on their record haul of Copa del Rey wins

Barcelona – Real Madrid Preview: Pep Guardiola's side hoping to build on their record haul of Copa del Rey wins

Mahmoud maher

After a 1-1 league draw on Saturday, the two great rivals meet again in Valencia to decide who carries home the spoils from the final of Spain’s premier cup competition


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Pique, Busquets, Adriano; Xavi, Mascherano, Iniesta; Villa, Messi, Pedro.


Real Madrid: Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria; Adebayor.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Barcelona’s run of five successive Clasico wins came to an end with Saturday’s 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu.

  • In that game, Lionel Messi managed to score his first goal against a side coached by Jose Mourinho, converting a penalty early in the second half.
  • During the encounter, the Catalans successfully completed 817 passes – nearly 100 more than they achieved during their 5-0 win over Real Madrid in November.
  • Pep Guardiola’s side also had as many shots on target as they mustered in the meeting at Camp Nou.
  • With 25 wins to their credit, no side is as successful as Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.
  • They’ve also been runners-up on nine occasions, but have won their last three finals.
  • In four cup final meetings against their eternal rivals, Barcelona have won three.
  • Real Madrid’s strike-rate of success in Copa del Rey finals is below 50 per cent, winning only 17 of their 36 appearances in the final two.
  • Since last winning the trophy in 1993, the Bernabeu side have made the final only twice, losing out in 2002 and 2004 to Deportivo La Coruna (2-1) and Real Zaragoza (3-2 aet) respectively.
  • The last time they met Barcelona on such an occasion, the nine-time European Cup winners went down 2-0 also at the Mestalla.
  • In 1974, Madrid lost 5-0 in a league encounter against their great rivals before bouncing back to a 4-0 cup final success.
  • Last weekend, Jose Mourinho’s side only completed 64.4% of their attempted passes, of which they made 278.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first career goal against Barcelona at the Bernabeu, shooting home a penalty kick late in the game.


LAST MEETING


April 16, 2011: Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona

In a tight affair at the Bernabeu, little was given away by a defensively-minded home side, who were happy to sit back and absorb pressure. Barcelona took the lead from the penalty spot through Lionel Messi, gaining a double advantage as Raul Albiol was dismissed in conceding the foul. Real Madrid offered little resistance until the closing stages, when Mesut Ozil livened up the game. Ultimately, a Marcelo raid into the box drew an indiscretion from Dani Alves, allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to level from 12 yards.

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13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
21AdrianoDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
7PedroStriker
10Lionel MessiStriker
7David VillaStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
17MaxwellDefender
-Jeffrén SuárezStriker
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
12MarceloDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
3PepeDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
14Ezequiel GarayDefender
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
Players to Watch
David Villa
David Villa
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
David Villa squandered several chances at the weekend, and it is clear that the pressure of his goal drought is starting to tell. Though he still had the movement and intelligence to fashion himself openings, he lacked the confidence to finish the opportunities presented to him. If he is to be a major factor in the Champions League encounters, a goal in the cup final would be most welcome.
Pepe
Pepe
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
7 1 3 0
Pepe was simply outstanding for Real Madrid at the weekend. Deployed in a holding role in the centre of the midfield, the Portuguese international proved to be Jose Mourinho’s trump card. If he can match the destructive levels of his display at the Bernabeu, either in midfield or defence, Barcelona will again have trouble creating much for their offence.
Prediction
Saturday’s clash proved to be tight, which suited the capital side, and it would be somewhat surprising if Jose Mourinho elected to adopt a significantly more offensive mindset. This will doubtless trouble Barcelona, yet the Catalans will start as favourites to lift the crown, despite a rather low-key weekend showing.
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