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FC BARCELONA - REAL MADRID

'Let's go, Barça!', will be the message on the mosaic that will appear in a packed Camp Nou for yet another meeting between Barça and Real Madrid tonight. Barça have the chance to make the last four of the domestic cup at the expense of their biggest rivals. The 1-2 win at the Santiago Bernabéu means that Madrid will need to score at least two goals in order to qualify.

Barça classics

In the three and a half years in which Pep Guardiola has been in charge, Barça have won  9 of their 13 games against Madrid. That means that both team have beaten the other 86 times altogether, with 45 encounters between the two having ended in draws. Barça now have the chance to take the lead in the all-time series for the first time since the early 1930s.

Maximum concentration

Pep Guardiola has called on his full squad apart from the three recovering from long-term injuries (Villa, Afellay and Fontàs) and Keita, who is at the African Nations Cup. The Tuesday training session also featured the B team's Cuenca, Sergi Roberto and Dos Santos. The game is being treated with the utmost importance and the team stayed together in a hotel the night before. Both Barça and Madrid are still chasing three major titles this season, but for one of them , the cup dream will come to an end tonight.

Doubts for Madrid

Madrid's build-up to the match comes against the background of all the noise surrounding their attitude to the first leg. José Mourinho has been criticised for employing such conservative tactics, while another of the protagonists whose name has featured prominently in the papers this week, Pepe, may not be fully fit to play. Di Maria and Khedira are both recovering from injuries.

Both teams will also be aware that the result of this match could affect their respective form in the league, where Madrid are currently five points clear of FC Barcelona.


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