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Real Madrid-FC Barcelona: The possible line-ups for the Copa del Rey 'semis'

Published:28/02/2023 - 00:06h

Updated:2/03/2023 - 17:52h

FC Barcelona visits Real Madrid, this Thursday from 9:00 p.m., in the match corresponding to the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals 2022-2023. Xavi Hernández will have to introduce mandatory changes

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The FC Barcelona visits Santiago Bernabéu for the second time in what it goes of season. It will do it this Thursday 2 March, from the 21:00 hours (CET), in the corresponding party to the gone of the semifinals of the Glass of the King 2022-2023. The ones of Xavi Hernández will contest a new Classical in a moment complicated for the team, in the middle of the 'mini crisis' of results, elimination in Europe League and the long list of drops by injury.

Precisely the list of players lesionados marks the guideline of the Barça in the previous of the Classical in Santiago Bernabéu. They will travel to the Spanish capital without Ousmane Dembélé, Pedri González neither Robert Lewandowski, reason by which the trainer of Terrassa will have to revolutionise completely his XI and, possibly, return to the 4-3-3 as long as Ansu Fati was 100% recovered. To continuation, our forecast of the alignments:

Likely alignments of the Classical Real Madrid-FC Barcelona

  • XI of the Real Madrid: Courtois; Dani Carvajal; Militãor, Rüdiger, Nacho; Tchouameni, Camavinga, Modric; Valverde, Benzema and Vinicius Jr.
  • XI of the FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Araújo, Koundé, Christensen, Balde; Busquets, Of Jong, Gavi; Raphinha, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.

Ter Stegen

The guardameta German has the opportunity to go back to impose after a week in which the things have not gone out him well to the team, neither to him. It knows that in front will have to a line of attack very dangerous and that players like Vinicius or Karim Benzema 'invent' played out of nowhere, by what can be very dangerous. Besides, it can not forget that the Madrid also stands out by the strike from long distance, with Fede Valverde or Luka Modric like big threats.


In the Bernabéu will go out the defence of gala of the Barça, but with a modification. As it has happened in each recent occasion in which the Barcelona have had to confront to the Madrid, Ronald Araújo will position like right side to cover to Vini Jr. Like this then , Koundé would happen to play like head office, beside Andreas Christensen, whereas Alejandro Balde, that rested in Almería, will go out like left side.

Of Jong-Busquets-Gavi

With the absence of Pedri González (and 'Lewy' arrive), the most likely is that Xavi go back to the origins and play with three midfield players. If it is like this, Sergio Busquets would split in a more retarded position, like pivote, accompanied by the interiors Frenkie of Jong and Gavi. In case that of continuity to the diagram with four means, has the alternatives of Franck Kessié and Sergi Roberto.

Raphinha-Ansu Fati-Ferran Torres

In the forward of the Barça all will depend on that Ansu Fati can play, remembering that it remained out of the announcement for the party against the Almería. If the '10' is not to 100%, the only alternative is that they play with two attackers (the only available!) And reinforce the centre of the field. If it is, Raphinha would split by the right extreme, Ansu doing of nine, and Ferran Torres launched to the left band.

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