Xavi Hernandez, coach of Barcelona, believes Real Madrid are the favorites to reach the Copa del Rey semi-final match against Barcelona tomorrow. This will be the third match between the two rivals in the space of a month, following two La Liga matches. Barcelona have won two out of four matches against Real Madrid since Xavi came on, including a 4-0 win in the championship last season and a 3-1 victory in the Spanish Super Cup last January. Despite Barcelona leading the La Liga table by seven points behind Real Madrid, Xavi believes Real Madrid’s status as league and European champions make them the favorites to win. He said in a press conference, “Madrid will continue to play as favorites because they are the champions of La Liga and the Champions League, regardless of what happened in the Super Cup, in which we played well, or by any other factor.” Xavi also expressed that he believes Barcelona can launch effective attacks, and is expecting a draw.
Real Madrid and Barcelona face off in the Copa del Rey semi-final match tomorrow, Thursday. Barcelona have had a successful record against Real Madrid since Xavi Hernandez came on as coach, winning two out of four matches. Despite this, Xavi believes that Real Madrid’s status as league and European champions make them the favorites to win the match. Xavi is expecting a draw, and believes that Barcelona can launch effective attacks. Tomorrow’s match will be the third between the two rivals in the space of a month, following two La Liga matches.
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