Today`s second-leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final match is Real Madrid’s greatest challenge of the season thus far, not only because the club considers this match to be the final Copa del Rey match, but how the result of this match can mold the Los Merengues’ momentum at the very end of the 2018-19 season.
Blaugrana are currently the undisputable gauge in Spanish football, regardless of Los Blancos dominating the club football in the last three seasons in Europe under Zinedine Zidane.
Barcelona are on the verge of winning this title for a fifth consecutive time including being on the threshold of bagging double domestic titles this year.
Good news for Barcelona. Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo and Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen received medical clearance on Tuesday and have entered Ernesto Valverde`s squad to face Madrid.
However, the best news for Barcelona is that Lionel Messi will certainly not be absent in this match, who showed a phenomenal performance in the 4-2 victory of Barcelona against Sevilla last weekend, in which he scored a hat-trick and gave the assistance of the other, leaving behind a series of disappointing performances.
On the other hand, Madrid face Barcelona in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium with the advantage of a goal away after equalizing 1-1 at the Camp Nou in the first leg three weeks ago.
There is a lot of talks in Madrid about interdisciplinary actions and unprofessionalism of Gareth Bale who did not want to celebrate his goal with his teammates in the latest La Liga match Levante.
Madrid believed Bale would step up to carry the loads of former Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. But he has been overshadowed by the emergence of the Brazilian youth Vinicius Junior.
The match will be played tonight at 2 am Bangladesh time.