The official blog returns on the night of the clash of the titans. Are you ready?
The tournament's last two champions face each other in the first-leg match of the semi-finals at the Bernabeu, where the Whites beat the Catalans this season in the return-leg of the Spanish Super Cup to take away the title
|MADRID - BARCELONA COPA DEL REY SEMI-FINALS|
|Year||First-leg score||Second-leg score||Tie-breaker|
|1916||Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid||Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona||Real Madrid 6-6 Barcelona|
Real Madrid 4-2 Barcelona
|1943||Barcelona 3-0 Real Madrid||Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona||-|
|1954||Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona||Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid||-|
|1959||Real Madrid 2-4 Barcelona||Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid||-|
|1993||Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona||Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid||-|
This will be the fourth time the two teams face off this season, in which they've clearly been very evenly matched. Of the three matches that have taken place so far, each team has won one and there was a draw (2-2) in la Liga. It's worth pointing out that Real Madrid took the first title of the season, the Spanish Super Cup, after suffering a 3-2 score in the first-leg and coming back strong with a 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu. The stadium will no doubt once again play a key role to the team progressing to the final.
The standout player in recent derbies has been Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward has scored in the three previous Copa del Rey matches against Barcelona, including the goal in the 2011 final that gave the Whites the title. He has scored seven goals in total in the last six matches against Barcelona and he has had an amazing start to 2013, scoring 10 goals in all competitions, making him the highest goal-scorer in the big European leagues.
|CRISTIANO'S GOALS AGAINST BARCELONA IN THE COPA DEL REY|
|Season||Match||Real Madrid scorers|
|2010/11 (final)||Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid||Cristiano Ronaldo (102')|
|2011/12 (quarter-finals first-leg)||Real Madrid |
|Cristiano Ronaldo (11')|
|2011/12 (quarter-finals second-leg)||Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid||Cristiano Ronaldo (68') and Benzema (72')|
Barcelona arrives to the Santiago Bernabeu unbeaten so far in the Copa del Rey after having overcome Alaves, Cordoba and Malanga in previous rounds. They defeated the Basque team 0-3 in Mendizorroza and 3-1 in the return-leg. They beat Cordoba 0-2 in the first-leg and later scored 5-0 in the Camp Nou, which is where they had their only draw in the tournament. That was to Malaga in the first leg of the quarter-finals but they secured their way to the semi-finals with a win at La Rosaleda (2-4).
Deputy manager Jordi Roura, who is substituting for Tito Vilanova while he is on leave, will be arriving with 19 players in the touring party, including Villa and Messi. The two are Barcelona's top goal-scorers in the tournament after having scored five and four goals