Barcelona will be kicking themselves for not making their away goal count last night at the Nou Camp. Real Madrid beat Barcelona by 3 goals to 1 in a tactical masterplan devised by Mourinho. Cristiano scored a brace and young Varane, who was the hero at the Bernabéu scored a header that left pinto for dead. Barcelona have to get their house in order by the weekend for sure.
Hours before the game gets underway, we review some stats about Barcelona and Real Madrid and what the Catalan team has to do to beat Jose Mourinho’s men at the Nou Camp tonight for their second leg crunch game of La Copa del Rey. Barca has to focus tonight and be prepared for anything the “whites” have to throw at them. A solid Barca defence tonight is an absolute must if they want to continue going forward in the tournament.
Barcelona need to get their house in order for tomorrow night’s Clasico match against Real Madrid. They need to put behind them the dismal performance at the San Siro and Saturday’s lack lustre match against Seville. The shaky defence will have to get real or face a flurry of Madrid onslaughts. Real Madrid will open up and go for a win and Barca will have to capitalise on this if they are to make it through to the next round. [Read More]
Barcelona’s central defender Gerard Piqué is so confident in his team at the moment that he reckons they can win all 3 trophies this year. Piqué thinks that Barca is capable of walking off and closing the season with La Copa del Rey, La Liga and the Champions League. Piqué is in good form at the moment and says that morale is high in the dressing room.
After a frantic first half with no goals but on the edge of your seat action, it was left up to Cesc Fabregás and young Frenchman Raphael Varane to draw the match in the second half to set up a thrilling second leg semi final at the Nou Camp. Real Madrid keeper Diego López played well and kept the Whites in the match and Varane was outstanding at the back, saving Madrid from red faces on more than one occasion.
Sergio Busquets is looking for a win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. The first leg of La Copa del Rey semi final has come at a good time for Barcelona after beating Osasuna 5-1 at the Nou Camp with Leo Messi grabbing four goals. Speaking of Messi, he said that the Argentine doesn’t need any extra motivation to perform well on Wednesday, referring to Ronaldo’s hat trick against Getafe.
Barca failed to put Malaga to the sword last night at the Nou Camp and have made it difficult for themselves next Thursday at La Rosaleda stadium for the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash. Fine goals from both Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol and a few missed chances failed to put the Catalan club in the driving seat for next week’s decider.