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Copa del Rey 2013-14 - Final: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid, El estadio de Mestalla, 16th April 2014, Winners: Real Madrid

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So, the Copa del Rey for the 2013-14 season will be starting this weekend then :D And with that, comes the new thread. 

 

 

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Some of this week's fixture are up for prediction here. (anyone can join anytime with an equal chance as those that have started earlier)

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Ah, the first games are always the easy and boring ones. Well we should have no problems with Xativa, hopefully our youngsters will do well against them. I am guessing Marcelo and Casillas from the first team will play, Coentrao is on break as his father passed away recently and I think Diego Llorente, Jese, Morata, Jose Rodriguez and Casemiro will get playing time.

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My dad used to live in Cartagena and I flew out to watch them several times a season at one point. Delighted that they landed a plumb draw against Barca :D

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Cartagena caused some problems for Barcelona in the first half and even went 1-0 up, but in the end it was a straight forward victoru 1-4. Pedro needs to score more like that in the league! Good to see the kid Dongou score when he came on as well. Could potentially be the next big thing for Cameroon in the future. The next Eto'o :ninja:

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What a waste of time watching that game. We missed many chances but this is not an excuse against a third tier category team.

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Osauna, Levante, Getafe and Villarreal all the first 4 teams through.


 


 


 


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Martino has started with a strong side there despite the first leg being 1-4.

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3-0, goals from Pedrito(again), Tello and Neymar(again)

 

 

Ineista is starting to look a bit sharper in recent games. If he can get back to his best after christmas, Messi can stay away from injuries and get back to business, Neymar continues in this form and Cesc continues playing how he has been doing then Barcelona are going to look very strong going into January after the christmas break.

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Fair play to Alcorcon, they lost at home 2-0 against Granada, then beat Granada 2-0 away, took them to pens and won on pens. Alcorcon always seem to pull off surprises in this.

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Real Madrid v Olimpic Xativa (the town I worked in for 7 years) is going to be fun. No doubt Madrid will sort out the tie in this second leg, but for Xativa it will be their biggest moment in their history.

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2-0 to Real Madrid... Not a bad result and very respectable for Olimpic Xativa. Had they had put away a couple of those great chances in the first leg, then this tie would've been epic! Alcorconazo maybe? ;)

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Rayo vs Levante

Barcelona vs Getafe

 

Real Sociedad vs Villarreal

Almeria vs Racing Santander
 

 

Alcorcon vs Espanyol

Real Madrid vs Osasuna

 

Valencia vs Atletico

Betis vs Bilbao/Celta
 

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Valencia vs Atletico is today, probably the team that we will face in the Semi-Finals are going to win this draw. It could be a good game, predicting a draw, possibly 1-1 or any team to win, they can both pull suprises!

 

Some late action on Thursday against Osasuna, I am confident we'll get a better away result this time, when we play the second tie.

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Good game by Valencia so far. Anticipatory defense and a LOT of ball possesion, although they were very innocent up front. I want more set pieces for Atlético in the second half.  B)

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LOL, clutch performance by Guaita. 0-1


Courtois saves!  :congrats:

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1-1 Good result. Valencia is in the right path. Although he had a couple of mistakes I liked Alderweireld the most. He was a rock when Atlético were under siege.

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Red card, please

 

It's the same cunt from Pamplona, too bad he didn't lose an arm or two.

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I didn't see the game because I worked till late, but from what I heard on the radio last night it sounded like a great game where Courtois was spectacular. I would like to point out that yesterday's performance by Valencia leaves a suspicion once again that players are sometimes the ones that push coaches out! There's no way in hell Juan Antonio Pizzi and his entourage have had enough time in 10 days to change so much within a team to come out competing like they seem to have done against what for me along with Bayern Munich are the best twi sides in Europe right now. I felt sorry for Miroslav Djukic, because he looks to be a good coach and done a great job at Real Valladolid.

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Red card, please

 

 

 

Reminds me of something we always used to do at school. One of us would crouch behind someone and then the other would push them over. Used to work every time :lol:

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Red card, please

:lol: That bought a smile to my face.

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Messi on the bench, Neymar out of the squad last minute due to some virus#

 

 

Sergi Roberto and Montoya starting again. Good to see Martino has faith in the youth.

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Barcelona 4-0 Getafe - Cesc(x2), Messi(x2)

 

 

 

Cesc as always this season had a good game for me(I know sir Balon will disagree) and Pedro and Sanchez both worked hard, Iniesta is also getting better by the game at the right time, although I think his passing is too heavy lately, that's something he needs to put right again. It was a good allround performance overall, although expected.

 

 

Messi looked very lively when he came on for the last 25-30 mins. Great to see him back.

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Cesc was brilliant (I only hope this doesn't mean the usual of him being missing in the next game and keeps it going)... I thought Pedro was fantastic aswell and Messi is back! Is he back? Did anyone doubt him? Pure MAGIC! 4-0

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Real Madrid-Osasuna;

Casillas, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Modric, Illara, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Jesé Rodriguez
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SUPLENTES / BENCH: Diego López, Carvajal, Casemiro, Nacho, Morata, Di María, Isco.

 

 

Very pleased to see Jesé in the starting line up, he has definitely earned that. Although I am wondering if he or Bale will play CAM. Also Illara returns to the initial eleven man squad! Coentrao and Varane are still unavailable due to injury

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Another good game for Jese and another point he makes to Ancelotti to make life difficult in the selection process.  Real won, but again weren't convincing, although much better this time around than in the league between both clubs.

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Indeed we were not convincing again, and we should look into that, although a clean sheet is always welcome but Osasuna didn't do much either. Our attack was average with the exception of Jese who was very good and looked lively. Despite being average, both Ronaldo and Bale helped the team. Benzema made quite some errors when it came to keeping the ball and spraying it to the flanks but Modric covered that role perfectly. Hopefully Jese has nothing serious, he is starting to prove his worth and why he should start in the Starting XI.

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Atletico Madrid 2-0 Valencia CF. Looks like Juan Antonio Pizzi's miracles only lasted one game. I know that sounds unfair because they've had tricky games, but to much stick was given to Miroslav Djukic in my opinion. Atletico have to be the odds on favourites for this title... But then again, they may be favourites or close for more than just the Copa del Rey!

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Can't wait for tonight's game between Barça and Getafe... don't know why, but it feels like there hasn't been enough of Barcelona lately!

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Messi starting tonight. Surprised at that since Barcelona are winning 4-0 from the first leg, but he does need match practice going into important league and champs league fixtures.

 

 

Sergi Roberto, Bartra and Tello all in the line-up and Neymar back in it.

 

 

Puyol is also starting which is something rare these days!

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Can't wait! Puyol had a terrible game a few weeks ago and he needs to get back into form... He is by no means to old to still give the best of himself because when we look at players like Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini, they played until their 40s or almost. So he can still give it! He just needs a run without injuries, which is difficult considering the way he plays the game. But I need a dose of that type of football... I've missed it lately!

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Barcelona/Getafe vs Levante

Real Sociedad vs Racing Santander  

 

 

 

Espanyol vs Real Madrid

Atletico vs Athletic Bilbao
 

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Neymar: Probable compound break on his right ankle upper area and maybe knee ligament damage... Listening to Cadena Cope. Still no confirmation though.

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