Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Barcelona: All eyes on Benzema

Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Barcelona: All eyes on Benzema

Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Barcelona: All eyes on Benzema

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live score, El Clasico Live Streaming: Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was named in the team's squad to face Real Madrid in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg after recovering from a light calf problem.

On Saturday, he was treated on the sideline for a leg injury during a 2-2 draw with Valencia in which Messi scored twice.

Barca qualified for the last four at the expense of Sevilla in a thrilling encounter over two legs as Ernesto Valverde's side overturned a 2-0 deficit in the first leg to win 6-1 at the Camp Nou.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari had said earlier on Tuesday that he hoped Messi would be available.

Keylor Navas of Real Madrid during the Copa del Rey second leg Quarter Final match between Girona FC and Real Madrid at Montilivi Stadium on January 31, 2019 in Girona, Spain.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed he would contact Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez before swooping to sign misfit Isco. "Regardless of what the tests show and what the doctors say, if the player doesn't feel he is ready, you can't let him play".

Malcom came into the attacking three alongside Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho while for Madrid, Lucas Vazquez was preferred to Bale, joining the in-form Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior up front.

"Vinicius delights and plays better at the Bernabéu".

"In a semi-final between Barca and Madrid there's no favorite".

"Real Madrid usually play well at the Camp Nou", Valverde said.

Interestingly, the 42-year-old claimed his job at the White House within 24 hours after Julen Lopetegui's side was humbled 5-1 by the Catalans.

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