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Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Barcelona: All eyes on Benzema

Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Barcelona: All eyes on Benzema

Barcelona have been flying high largely thanks to talisman Lionel Messi's impressive form but his participation in this fixture is under a question mark.

Madrid will land in Barcelona with 21 players and Solari will have to cut out three before the game.

Solari, meanwhile, has practically a full squad at his disposal - including the in-form Karim Benzema and fully fit Gareth Bale - with only little-used defender Jesus Vallejo unavailable.

"Vinicius delights and plays better at the Bernabéu".

Both sides rested a couple of key personnel for the tie, with Lionel Messi starting on the bench for the hosts, while the likes of Courtois and Casemiero were left sitting on the pine for Los Blancos.

"If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different", he said.

It was an unusual delay by the club, which normally is quick to release reports about its players' injuries. The result led to Julen Lopetegui's dismissal as Real Madrid coach and Santiago Solari's installment in the role.




"It was already complicated in January but with this semi-final at a very high level, more league games, more games in the Champions League knock-out stages, we have to walk a fine line".

Real haven't made it to the Copa del Rey final since 2014, and they face a major task in dethroning Barcelona, the team that's won the competition every year since then.

Shortly before training, Valverde had said in a press conference: "I have not seen him yet and I don't have an answer".

Bookmaker companies consider Barça the favorites in this clash.

'Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid'.

Ousmane Dembele, who had trained separately on Monday, also re-joined his teammates in Tuesday's practice, but he was not included in the squad list for Wednesday's game.

The next leg of the tie will be played on February 27 at the Bernabeu in Madrid.

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