28 March 2013

Real Madrid Face Atletico Madrid in Copa del Rey Finals

I think until now some are still talking (including this post) and can’t still believe how Barca were dumped out of Copa del Rey (1-3) in a stunning fashion. Much more that it came from their arch rivals Real Madrid knowing that they (Barcelona) are at the top of La Liga standings with a massive 16 points lead from Real. It was the first time since 2008 that the Catalans have been well beaten with such gap in a very important match and that ended their hope for another treble title this season.

Adding to their agonizing defeat is the fact that they’re going to dig deeper in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with AC Milan on 12 March after their stunning 2-0 loss at San Siro. Barcelona should score at least three goals and blank the Rossoneri in order for them to go through the last eight. 

With a very organized counterattacking tactics and disciplined defensive walls, Real Madrid have neutralized Barca’s “Tiki-taka” style of play and have closed down the passing lane that leads to Messi’s uneventful night. After scoring two goals, Ruin-naldo has become a nemesis for the Catalans as his goals have directly contributed in losing titles in the past three seasons. And it is now official and confirmed that Real Madrid will face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the finals on 18 May.

NB: Image from cristianoronaldofan.net.

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