Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Real Madrid and Barcelona go head to head in the Copa del Rey “El Clasico”. Los Blancos shared the spoils with Atletico Madrid in “El Madrileno”, with the team keeping their La Liga title hopes alive, but their performance against los Blancos was anything but good. All Rodrygo, David Alaba, and Ferland Mendy remain on the sidelines with injuries, while Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni are widely expected to return to the starting XI.
Barca, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Almeria, and seeing that they have been low on spirits ever since the Europa League elimination to Man Utd, home win should be considered. Summer signing Raphihna has lost his place in the starting XI, while all Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati, Pedri, and Ousmane Dembele remain are sidelined with injuries. Defender Ronald Araujo should be recalled to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
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.