Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A place in the Copa del Rey final will be at stake when two fierce rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona face each other at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening. Los Blancos did well to score an away goal in a 1-1 draw with Barca at Camp Nou and they are now on a quest to defend their “slim lead” in the return leg. Real Madrid have slim chances of winning La Liga title, meaning that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in the Spanish Cup clash. Barca have no other choice but to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg and the fact that Leo Messi scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Sevilla at the weekend is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Madrid. A lively contest is on the cards at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a high-scoring draw in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semis.
Highlighted Player (Toni Kroos):
Toni Kroos is a Real Madrid midfielder who started playing for Bayern Munich II at senior level. He made 13 appearances for the reserve team and on 31 January, 2009 he joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan. He made his Bayer debut on 28 February, 2009, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Hannover.
The German midfielder scored ten goals in 43 league appearances with the BayArena outfit and in the summer of 2010 he returned to Bayern Munich. Kroos won three Bundesliga trophies with the mighty Bavarian giants (2007/2008, 2012/2013, 2013/2014) and in 2013 he was part of Bayern Munich’s team that won the Champions League trophy.
In 2014, though, he decided to leave the club and the German superstar joined Real Madrid on a six-year-contract. Kroos won the 2015/2016 Champions League trophy with los Blancos and it has to be noted that he produced a thrilling performance in the title game against Atletico Madrid. In 2014 he clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.