Barcelona president Bartomeu reveals he would contact Real chief Perez about Isco

Arnold Nichols
February 7, 2019

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to be fit for the game, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury. "If the league ended tomorrow, it would be a different question".

Real Madrid's will be without defender Jesus Vallejo in an otherwise fully fit squad. "In football, it's always best that the best players play in every game, that's just how it is", Solari said. Coach Ernesto Valverde said that the club would take a "last minute" call on whether to include Messi or not. "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".

Benzema and Vinicius have wreaked havoc thus far. We have the player we believe is the best in world but they also have great players. The French striker has 18 goals, six more than he had in all of last season.

Valverde can only name 18 players in his final match day squad, though, so one player will have to miss out. The 18-year-old Brazilian has added flair to the attack.

Lionel Messi was not included in the starting lineup after picking up a thigh injury during the weekend's draw against Valencia but entered in the second half after Los Blancos had their way with Catalans in the opening period.

Barcelona will look to make the most of their home advantage in the first leg of their semi-final cup tie this evening.

Bookmaker companies consider Barça the favorites in this clash. "Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid [Florentino Pérez]".

Tonight's showdown promises to be an explosive match as usual as both teams will playing their second El Clasico of the 2018/19 season in the first leg semi finals of the Copa del Rey.

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