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Real Madrid - Copa del Rey - 6 February 2019

Real Madrid - Copa del Rey - 6 February 2019

"It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment", Valverde was quoted as saying by BBC Football. "Whether he plays or not, it's not going to influence how we prepare for the game".

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

Of course, tiredness could be an issue, but that is natural for a big club that usually is in two or three competitions at the same time and Barcelona aren't any different. The 31-year-old was missing with a broken arm when Barca hammered Madrid 5-1 in La Liga's first Clasico of the season in October.

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"Vinicius delights and plays better at the Bernabéu".

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They will face serious competition from Manchester United and Real Madrid who are also interested in the 46-year-old Argentine. Tottenham beat the Magpies in their first game of the season to see themselves off to the flawless start.

Real Madrid's squad: Keylor Navas, Courtois, Altube, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Reguilón, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos, Mariano, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez and Vinicius Jr. "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". "It's one of the hardest parts of the job for a coach".

The good news for Barca is that Ousmane Dembele was also able to train after suffering from a twisted ankle and flu, but Jasper Cillessen is likely to miss out through injury with Marc Andre Ter Stegen making a rare cup appearance.

"Your morale is very important and they tend to play well here".

"If La Liga ended tomorrow or if it was our last game, maybe [I would take a risk]. but if a player has an injury, whether it's Messi or not, I prefer to be careful". The French striker has 18 goals, six more than he had in all of last season.

"It's a semi-final and playing against Madrid is another incentive to reach the final".


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