Barcelona face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semifinal

Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19

Copa del Rey draw: FC Barcelona and Real Madrid learn El Clasico semi-final fate

Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will meet over two legs in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey this month.

"If we are at our level we will go through", Barcelona director Guillermo Amor said.

Cillessen sustained a torn calf muscle during training and will be out of action for their busy February schedule, which sees Barca play seven games.

"We are delighted with him for how he manages the squad and that is important because there are times when it is not easy to live with so many players of that level and that everyone is happy". We expect two intense and even games.

"We trust our players but obviously this is one of the greatest games in the world today".

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The LaLiga giants now occupy third position in the league standings, 10 points behind table-toppers Barcelona.

The El Clasico will hold over two legs as Los Blanocs will be looking to unseat La Blaugrana as champions over the last four years. Betis meanwhile beat Espanyol 4-2 on aggregate, with Valencia overcoming Getafe 3-2 on aggregate by scoring twice in stoppage time in their 3-1 victory in the second leg at Mestalla.

Having put up a good fight in last week's first leg, Girona had high hopes of a comeback and started brightly, with Alex Granell hitting the bar as they pushed for a way back into the tie in the opening exchanges.

"Real Madrid is the best team of the last century and therefore the best team in history".

Barcelona will be looking to reach the final, to be played at Betis' Benito Villamarin in Seville on May 25, and win the competition for the fifth time in a row.

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