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Barcelona face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semifinal

07 February 2019

The draw made on Friday means there will be back-to-back Clasicos, with the second leg due to take place in the last week of February, before Madrid host Barca in La Liga on March 2.

"We'll put out the best team we can to win [against Valencia]".

Madrid beat Barca in the final in 2014 as mentioned, and also in 2011, the last two finals lost by Barca, both at Mestalla.

Barcelona are 10 points clear of Madrid in La Liga and will be favourites to progress but their opponents have found form in recent weeks, winning six of their last seven matches.

They face fifth-place Alaves in La Liga at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday before their trip to Catalunya for the first leg of their Copa Clasico double-header.

"To win a very good team, which plays very well, which has a different system than most of the teams, we had to be serious and solid and the team came out concentrated", the Argentine said, via AS.

The last time the two rivals met, Barca inflicted a humiliating 5-1 defeat on Real which led to the exit of manager Julen Lopetegui.

They will now face one of Real Betis, Valencia or Barcelona in a two-legged affair next week and in the final week of February in their bid to make it to the final.

Barcelona's Copa del Rey title defence will continue with a last-four Clasico clash with rivals Real Madrid.

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Betis will have special motivation to reach the final after it was confirmed by the Spanish Football Federation earlier this week that the Benito Villamarin will be the venue for this season's final on May 25.

"We are delighted with him for how he manages the squad and that is important because there are times when it is not easy to live with so many players of that level and that everyone is happy".

Barcelona face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semifinal