The drawing of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey let a clash between the eternal rivals of Spanish soccer, Real Madrid and Barcelona, firm candidates to lift the trophy in this competition.
Meringues and “azulgranas” were in one of the semifinals, while the other will be played by Real Betis and Valencia.
The Barcelona comes to this instance as the leader of the League and with ten points of advantage over his staunch rival, who is third in the standings.
However, Real Madrid, under the impulse of coach Santiago Solari and a young Vinicius Junior, has been recovering the lost ground while it was driven by Julen Lopetegui.
Like all duels between both teams, nothing is written yet. Both have met in this competition 20 times and each has won ten matches. The last one was in the final of 2014, which Real Madrid took for its last Copa del Rey title.
However, the most recent classic of last year ended in a big victory 5-1 for Barcelona, which at the time precipitated the departure of Lopetegui as Real Madrid coach.
Barcelona is looking for an unprecedented fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title this year, and it seems that Real Madrid will be the stone that could stand in their way.
The first match will be played at Camp Nou on Wednesday, February 6, while the return will be on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu, four days after the Spanish League classic, also on that stage.
Betis and Valencia will meet on February 7 in the Betic territory, in the Benito Villamarín stadium (which will be the stage for the final on May 25) and the 27 in the Mestalla stadium.