Copa del Rey: Barcelona to play Real Madrid in two-legged semi-final

Santiago Hernan Solari

Jasper Cillessen will miss both legs of Barcelona's Copa del Rey semifinal against Real Madrid after being ruled out for six weeks with a calf injury.

Spain's big two then meet in La Liga a few days later on Saturday 2 March.

One person revelled at the thought of watching "2 El Clasicos in 4 days" with the second leg being played at the Bernabeu on February 27, just three days before the league encounter at the same stadium.

Barcelona director Guillermo Amor said: "Real Madrid are playing well and they will be the Madrid team we always expect - a group of winners that competes for everything, that can give us a scare if we are not ready to work". The last time they were beaten over two legs in the tournament was against Real Madrid (1-1, 1-3) in the 2012/13 semi-finals.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has hit back at Manchester City's Pep Guardiola after the former FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss snubbed Los Blancos when discussing the best teams of the past decade recently.

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

Two-time cup winners Real Betis will host Valencia in the opening leg of the other semifinal with the second game played on February 27 at the Mestalla stadium.

Valencia scored two late goals to overcome Getafe on Tuesday and Real Betis needed extra time to knock out Espanyol. They've been involved in 7 finals and won 5 of them.

Real Madrid's upcoming fixture list does not paint a prettier picture.

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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