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Match Preview - Barcelona vs R Madrid | 06 Feb 2019

Match Preview - Barcelona vs R Madrid | 06 Feb 2019

But this is the first of three games between Barcelona and Real Madrid over the next 24 days, with the second leg of the semi-final and the LaLiga clash - both at the Bernabeu - still to come.

On the Copa del Rey encounter with Real Madrid, the Barcelona boss added: 'It's a special game. There is no favorite in a semi-final between Barca and Madrid, it is an open game, we have great players and among them is the man we think is the best player in the world.

But Barca barely missed their talismanic forward, thrashing Real Madrid 5-1 in what proved to be Julen Lopetegui's last game in charge before Solari took over.

It was an unusual delay by the club, which normally is quick to release reports about its players' injuries.

They arrive for the first-leg match at Camp Nou enjoying their best period of the season and with almost all of its players available. "If Messi is fit he'll play and if he isn't in shape, he won't", commented Valverde.

If I was Barcelona manager on this occasion, I would play with the best possible 11.

In view of their recent form, the Real Madrid players regain confidence in their chances of winning the historic treble. This is not a match to rotate the squad.

"If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different", he said.

"Your morale is very important and they tend to play well here".

Vinicius Jr is also getting more confidence and convincing the fans, showing all his value. Each one tries to make their team more competitive.

Real haven't made it to the Copa del Rey final since 2014, and they face a major task in dethroning Barcelona, the team that's won the competition every year since then.

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