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5 reasons why Barcelona will beat Real Madrid on Wednesday

5 reasons why Barcelona will beat Real Madrid on Wednesday

Messi scored twice for their 2-2 draw with Valencia, though pulled up with a thigh injury.

"Fixtures lists are always hard at this time of year, throughout January, and with this semi-final with two top-level games, league games and the Champions League starting soon, we all need to be careful", Valverde added. Fatigue will obviously be a cause of major concern as the season progresses as Valverde would want a player like Messi to be at the top of his game as the business end of the season approaches.

Asked at the prematch news conference in Madrid whether he wanted his fellow Argentine to be available for Wednesday's game, Solari said it would be best for the spectacle for Messi to feature.

Ousmane Dembélé, who recently recovered from an ankle injury and is now battling tonsilitis also trained having worked out on his own on Monday.

"I'm not big on taking risks when there are a lot of games ahead of us", said Valverde, whose side face Lyon in the Champions League later this month before a double header at the Santiago Bernabeu against Madrid.

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"I have not seen Leo Messi, we will see how it is, if it can be done, if it can be completed and if he is fit".

Fourth-placed Sevilla missed the chance to overtake Real Madrid as they suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at struggling Celta Vigo. We need to use all the players we can and we'll analyse if we need to make changes tomorrow or Sunday.

"In a semifinal between Barca and Madrid there's no favourite".

Barcelona have a tight grip on this competition having won the past four finals to take their overall number of Copa del Rey triumphs to 30 - more than anyone else. "The most important thing is the player tells you he is ready".

Real Madrid: Improvement is what's on this team's mind, showing something better than in the first match of the season.