5 reasons why Barcelona will beat Real Madrid on Wednesday

06 February, 2019, 12:41 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
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"But risking the fitness of any player - Messi or anyone else - I'm not really in favour of it because they inevitably play with some fear, and games like tomorrow can not be played with fear".

In addition, Frenchman Ousmane Dembele returned to training on Tuesday after battling hamstring injury in the past days.

Messi didn't play in the first El Clasico of the season at Camp Nou and he will certainly be fighting to avoid missing another one due to injury. "We'll see if he can complete the session, if he will show that he is in condition to play".

"El Clasico does not change without Messi; in a semi-final between Barca and Madrid there is no favourite, it is an open tie, we have good players, they too", he said.

Barcelona have included Lionel Messi in their 19-man squad, for Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

The Argentine forward was impressive for the Catalans in their dramatic 2-2 comeback against Valencia over the weekend.

The draw at home to Valencia means their lead in La Liga is six points over Atletico Madrid and eight over Real, but with games away to Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla and then Real in the next four weeks, there is little room for complacency.

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However, Valverde said he will not take any risks with Messi or any other player. "If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different".

The first-leg of the semifinal will be held on Wednesday night. We'll make a decision based on that. "The most important thing is the player tells you he is ready".

Valverde admitted he might have to rotate his line-up given the number of important games coming up.

A potential elimination from Copa del Rey against Real Madrid could be tough for the general confidence of the manager as well as the team ahead of a crucial part of the season, so he should play at full force.

'Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid'.

"Cristiano is the best player in the world because Messi is playing another sport", he said.

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