The second Clasico of 2014: The Copa del Rey Final will be played at the neutral ground of the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain.
The Spanish Cup Final - El Clasico - will air on April 16th, 2014 at 3PM EST / 12 noon PST. The match will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN (english), ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio (spanish). You can also tune into the match online in both English and Spanish languages on WatchESPN (authenticated users only).
El Clasico always attracts global attention due to the intense Spanish rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. This match is even more signficant since Barcelona have just recently been kicked out of the UEFA Champions League and have very likely just seen their La Liga title hopes slip away with their most recent loss this past weekend, leaving them in third place behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. This might be Barca's only chance at silverware this season as well as Carlo Ancelotti's first chance for silverware with Los Blancos. The world will be watching. See broadcast details below for US television, radio and online coverage of El Clasico 2014, the second of the year:
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Season falling apart for Barcelona
After being tactically outclassed in the second leg of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderón, Barcelona suffered another heart-ache as Yacine Brahimi’s solitary goal of the match subjected the Blaugrana to their second successive loss on Saturday against Granada.
In the course of the two matches, Barcelona have been knocked out of the Champions League a competition they have fared well in recently having made it to the semi-finals in each of the last six seasons.
Unlike ahead of the first Clasico of the year 2014, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not in top form. Leo has gone missing lately while CR7 is out injured. So which players will leave a mark on the game?
Two stars under pressure to perform are Neymar and Gareth Bale. Both completely rocked the 2013 summer transfer window and are expected to justify their astronomical price tags. Indeed, the stage has been set for Neymar and Bale to strengthen their rivalry and overshadow, at least for a day, the mouth-watering Messi-Ronaldo clash which cannot take place in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Preview: Weak Real Madrid looking for robust win
Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to play one half of this game but it appears he will not spend a single minute on the field. Already, physios are trying to get him ready to face Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final next Wednesday.
Reports suggest Ronaldo may need a bandage under his knee to control the pain. Ancelotti has not ruled his biggest asset out of El Clasico yet, but it is certain that CR7 will not kick a ball this weekend.
“I had the same injury and I had to strengthen my knee with a lot of gym work with massages to reduce the inflammation,” Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos explained.
Before the month of May begins, the names of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League’s two finalists will be revealed. See when and how to watch the semi-final matches live through LiveSoccerTV’s recap of Friday’s Champions League semis draw.
First leg match dates
They will be played on 22 April 2014 and 23 April 2014.
The two remaining Spanish clubs will be at home. Atleti will get the Last 4 adventure underway with a spicy clash against 2011/2012 UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon.
The following day, city rivals Real Madrid will affront Bayern Munich in a re-match of their 2011/12 Champions League semi-final clash.
Probabilities are very few with only four teams left, yet many fans are lost in predictions. How will Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid be paired on Friday in Nyon?
Atletico Madrid arguably provided the biggest result in the Last 8 by kicking giants Barcelona out of the competition. The Rojiblancos needed a lone goal from Koke in the second leg to beat the Catalans 2-1 on aggregate.
This sealed the fact that “Barca are out whereas Bayern, Atletico, Real…
Preview: Dortmund need a miracle, Los Blancos want an early goal
Even with the expected absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Dortmund’s pitch after only 15 minutes of training on Tuesday morning, Real Madrid are virtually free from pressure. Thanks to the big win at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg, Los Blancos are confident about sealing their 2013/14 UEFA Champions League semi-final spot on German soil.
This time, a repeat of the 4-1 victory they clinched over Real Madrid last season will not be enough for Borussia Dortmund to go through. The away goals rule would see them crash out from Europe on aggregate. Still, Dortmund are not giving up as football is full of surprises.
Preview: A must-win game without CR7
Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested. As reported on Thursday, the Portugal captain has a slight patellar tendon problem. Although victory is a must at the Anoeta this weekend, Carlo Ancelotti prefers to avoid taking risks with CR7’s health.
The Italian manager will have to count on hungry youngster Morata who netted an amazing curling goal against Rayo Vallecano last Saturday. Gareth Bale, whose synchronization with Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have broken a bit since the Clasico defeat, will be able to exhibit his freedom in the left wing and cut inside to shoot.
FC Barcelona’s 2013/14 pre-season campaign was tarnished with tax fraud allegations against Lionel Messi. As if it wasn’t enough, the mighty Spanish club was then accused of transfer fraud concerning Neymar’s move away from Santos. The intensity of this transfer issue led to the resignation of Sandro Rosell as club president in January.
Problems continue to hurt Barca under new president Bartomeu. On Wednesday, the Catalans were slapped with a two-transfer window ban for “illegal buying and selling of players under 18” according to FIFA.
However, Barcelona vice president Javier Faus is certain that “enemies” are behind all the controversies to fall down the club.
Speaking to the Spanish press on Thursday, Faus boldly declared:
Preview: Los Blancos obliged to fight boos
Real Madrid were one goal away from creating a sensational comeback against Borussia Dortmund last season. After emphatically falling 4-1 in Germany due to the exploits of four-goal hero Robert Lewandowski, “La Remontada” (The Comeback) became the most popular term in Madrid-based paper Marca.
Los Blancos were asked to find motivation from historical records while Jose Mourinho was sweating over the fitness of star man Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese, who netted a goal in the first leg, failed to get on the scoring sheet at the Bernabeu. Late goals by Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were not enough as the Spanish giants suffered a heart-breaking exit from Europe.
Preview: Sad return to the Bernabeu for third-placed Real Madrid
The home crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu will be asked to multiply their voices and get behind the players. At such a tough period, the efforts of supporters are as much needed as the efforts of the players and the intelligence of the technical team. However, Marcelo who captained Los Blancos in the absence of red-carded defender Sergio Ramos against Sevilla believes that it is up to the players to make the first step and revive the spirits of Madridistas worldwide.
“We must apologise to Real Madrid's fans. We'll keep fighting,” he said following Real Madrid’s problematic 2-1 loss away to Sevilla on Wednesday.
Preview: Real Madrid’s spirit to be tested
Having failed to win any of their clashes against their closes rivals, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Los Blancos find themselves in an extremely insecure situation. At the end of Matchday 29, they conceded the top spot to the Rojiblancos on a head-to-head basis, with both teams counting 70 points. The Catalans, meanwhile, are only one point behind.
The three-horse race remains tight for Real Madrid. With nine matches to go and only, they must overcome pressure to remain ahead of Barca and hope that Diego Simeone’s men drop a few points. Managing anxiety for Carlo Ancelotti and his men would begin with bouncing back from last Sunday’s controversial home defeat in El Clasico.
Ronaldo penalty vs Barca brings up Messi penalty vs Man City debate
Fans from both the sides were furious at some of the decisions the referee made during the course of the match and one of these decisions which still continues to divide opinions was Undiano Mallenco awarding Real Madrid a penalty for a foul Dani Alves had seemingly committed outside the box.
Ronaldo scored from the resulting penalty and the Blaugrana faithful were left fuming.
In what is arguably one of the most scintillating domestic football showpieces, two of the most successful Spanish teams will go head to head in a tie which could ultimately prove vital in the title race for the league crown. Real Madrid who had initially lost ground on the race for the title have responded strongly and now enjoy a four point lead over the Catalans. The Castilians suffered a defeat in the return leg back in October when they suffered a 2-1 loss at the Camp Nou and will be looking to make amends this time around.
Here are five ways Real Madrid can get the better of their bitter rivals and gain an important advantage in the title race.
Duel dua raksasa Spanyol, Real Madrid melawan Barcelona dalam partai yang dikenal dengan sebutan El Clasico akan tersaji kembali hari Minggu ini, 23 Maret, 2014 di Stadiun Santiago Bernebau. Menderita kekalahan pada pertemuan pertama mereka atas El Barca pada akhir October taun lalu, Madrid mengincar pembalasan pekan ini dan anak buah Carlo Ancelotti memiliki modal besar untuk meraih tiga popint dalam partai tersebut. Semenjak kekalan 2-1 di Camp Nou, hingga saat ini, Los Blancos belum sekalipun menyentuh kekalahan di semua ajang, sebuah pencapaian yang sudah sepatutnya memberikan kepercayaan tinggi pada Cristiano Ronaldo dkk menjelan big match mereka minggu ini.
Walaupun kondisi mereka bisa dibiliang lebih baik jika dibandingkan dengan rival mereka, Ancelotti tetap menyadari bahwa apapun bisa terjadi dalam El Clasico, untuk itu dia berusaha untuk sedikit meringankan beban anak asuhnya dengan menyatakan bahwa partai minggu nanti belum akan mententukan gelar juara La Liga. Mantan pelatih AC Milan tersebut berasalan bahwa dengan adanya Atletico Madrid sebagi pesaing Madrid dan Barca, dia percaya bahwa gela juara baru akan bisa dipastikan pada akhir musim. Biarpun begitu, raihan tiga poin di Santiago Bernebau nanti akan bisa membuat Los Blancos melepaskan diri dari kejaran El Barca karena jarak tujuh poin bisa jadi akan membuat posisi dari anak asuh Tata Martino makin sulit.
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The previous meeting ended 2-1 in favour of Barca. Messi and Ronaldo’s presence was overshadowed by Neymar’s dream debut in El Clasico and Alexis Sanchez’s wonderful long-range strike.
PSG, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich qualified first. They were joined by Chelsea, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. The Last 8 line-up is a mouth-watering one. Who are the favourites to reach the semis?
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Preview: Will Los Blancos lose ground in Malaga ahead of El Clasico?
This is Real Madrid’s last hurdle before the long awaited clash at home to Barcelona on March 23 and coach Carlo Ancelotti is fully aware of the importance of winning. He stated:
“We have to keep going, we cannot relax. We have a ‘cup final’ on Saturday. Facing Barça with a four-point lead isn't the same as facing them with just a one or two-point lead.”
Marca quoted goalkeeper Diego Lopez saying as much:
“It would be three important points in the 'Clásico'. We are playing against a direct rival and we can increase the gap on them, but we have an important game before that against Malaga, we hope to play Barça with a four-point gap still and then we can increase it to seven.”
Preview: BBC fired up to maintain Real Madrid’s lead in La Liga
The BBC was on fire in midweek. Gareth Bale scored a goal and gave two assists in Wales’ 3-1 win over Iceland. Karim Benzema was on target in France’s morale-boosting 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. Elsewhere, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo netted a brace in a 5-1 rout of Samuel Eto’o’s Cameroon. CR7 broke free of retired footballer Pauleta to become his nation’s all-time topscorer with 49 goals.
It’s all looking good for Real Madrid’s stellar forward line. In La Liga, Bale (10) tops Los Blancos’ assists chart whereas Benzema (15) and Ronaldo (23) have more goals between them than Barcelona’s top two highest goalscorers in the league, Sanchez (16) and Messi (15).