Real Madrid draw Barcelona in Copa del Rey semis

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Copa del Rey draw: FC Barcelona and Real Madrid learn El Clasico semi-final fate
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02 February, 2019

The Blaugrana are aiming for a record fifth consecutive Spanish League Cup title.

The first legs will be played on either February 6 or 7 - with Real hosting Barca first - with the following leg on either the 27th or 28th of the month.

His display against Sevilla, as Barcelona came from 2-0 down to win 6-3 on aggregate, was perhaps his best yet.

"If we play Madrid in the semifinals, it's welcome and if we meet in the final, in case we both go through, it will be seen, but I do not care".

"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".

Two-time cup winners Real Betis will host Valencia in the opening leg of the other semifinal with the second game played on February 27 at the Mestalla stadium.

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Barcelona are now top of the La Liga table, with Real Madrid 10 points behind in third place.

"We trust our players but obviously this is one of the greatest games in the world today".

Betis, who are eighth in La Liga, eliminated Espanyol with a 4-2 aggregate score in the previous round to reach the semifinals for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign, the last time they lifted the Copa.

The Netherlands worldwide has made six appearances in the competition and saved a penalty in Wednesday's 6-1 win against Sevilla.

Betis have added motivation in this year's competition after their own stadium, the Benito Villamarin, was confirmed as the venue for the final on May 25.


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