Barcelona face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semifinal

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

Bitter rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona have been drawn together in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, setting up the mouthwatering prospect of three El Clasico meetings in the space of four weeks.

Thirty-time winners Barcelona, who have won the last four editions of the competition, will host Real in the first leg on February 6, with the second leg coming on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona is trying to win a record fifth straight Copa del Rey title.

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He was present in the 5-1 win against Real Madrid, the vital away draws at the Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético and at the Mestalla against Valencia (both 1-1), as well as in the well-worked victory over Sevilla at the Camp Nou (4-2).

"If we play Madrid in the semifinals, it's welcome and if we meet in the final, in case we both go through, it will be seen, but I do not care". "We are talking about two teams with a lot of resources, with extraordinary players, and we always expect very tight games".

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

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B team goalkeeper Inaki Pena, meanwhile, has been called up to take Cillessen's place in Barca's squad for Saturday's home game against Valencia in La Liga.

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

Betis have added motivation in this year's competition after their own stadium, the Benito Villamarin, was confirmed as the venue for the final on May 25.

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

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