'Real Madrid Is The Best Team In History'

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.

Real and Barca are also set to renew hostilities in La Liga on March 2, meaning three Clasicos in the space of less than a month.

The first game will be played on February 6 at the Camp Nou and the return leg three weeks later on February 27 at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Barça were in the draw thanks to a 6-1 thrashing of Sevilla after losing the first leg 2-0 at the Sanchez-Pizjuan. "We will prepare the tie as though it was two finals".

While Los Blancos eased past Girona with a 7-3 aggregate scoreline. It's thrilling and more so, if you have the fortune to play for a final.

Cillessen sustained a torn calf muscle during training and will be out of action for their busy February schedule, which sees Barca play seven games. We are talking about two teams that have a lot of resources and extraordinary players.

Madrid, who trail leaders Barcelona by 10 points in La Liga, have not won the Copa since the 2013-14 campaign.

The Copa del Rey final will take place on 25 May at the Benito Villamarin stadium for the first time in the tournament's history. Betis meanwhile beat Espanyol 4-2 on aggregate, with Valencia overcoming Getafe 3-2 on aggregate by scoring twice in stoppage time in their 3-1 victory in the second leg at Mestalla.

With another important fixture coming up against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey next week, Valverde will likely choose his solid Brazilian rock in the centre - a selection choice which has yet to let him down on the big occasions.

  • Stacy Allen