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El Clasico

Starting XI: Real vs Barca

A ticket in this year’s Copa del Rey final is on the line when Real Madrid host FC Barcelona in tonight’s El Clasico – here is how both teams line up.

Copa del Rey

Teams: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Date: 27 February

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Real welcome their bitter rivals in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final after the first leg finished 1-1 at Camp Nou.

Los Blancos have a clean bill of health and all players available but coach Santiago Solari opted to leave Isco, who recently struggled with a back problem but returned to team training this week, out of his squad.

Meanwhile, FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde dropped African Kevin-Prince Boateng from his squad, while Rafinha still misses out injured.

Messi didn’t start the first leg but returns to the starting XI tonight, with the Argentine being the all-time record scorer in E Clasico with 26 goals.

Real are slightly ahead in the overall El Clasico record, but have not won any of the last four Clasicos.

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Here is how both teams line up:

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilón; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Lucas V, Benzema, Vinicius.

FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Roberto, Dembele, Messi, Suarez.

Who do you think will advance to the Copa del Rey final? Have your say in the comments section below.


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