Bookmakers' view on Barça vs. Real Madrid clash

Bookmakers' view on Barça vs. Real Madrid clash

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni revealed it had been a while since he last spoke to superstar Lionel Messi.

While Lionel Messi gave Barcelona reason to feel optimistic about his ability to play in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal, Real Madrid's main concern is who to leave out for the "Clasico" game.

Argentine forward Messi, who is closing in on 600 career goals, has missed out on a starting place after suffering a small injury in Saturday's draw with Valencia.

Valverde said his team won't change the way it plays if Messi is absent, and that his participation shouldn't be seen as a key factor.

"Then we will decide". Science can tell you a player is fit, but if he doesn't think so, that changes everything.

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Barca face a testing period of fixtures, including three Clasicos in the next month. "I am not very supportive of taking risks when there are so many games ahead", Valverde said. "If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different".

Barcelona have rejected Nike's latest design for an away kit because it was deemed too similar to the colours of rivals Real Madrid, according to reports from Spain.

Solari, meanwhile, has practically a full squad at his disposal - including the in-form Karim Benzema and fully fit Gareth Bale - with only little-used defender Jesus Vallejo unavailable.

Asked whether Vinicius' recent displays made him undroppable, Solari replied more shortly that: "Nobody is undroppable in football". We'll make a decision based on that. Yes, Valverde rotated his team for previous rounds, but this is a special match that no one wants to lose and is also important to get a good result before the trip to Bernabeu. "The calendar is very complicated", he said. "We are in a decisive part of the season".

Dotted between are two legs against Lyon in the Champions League, the holy grail for Barcelona this season, and perhaps the one trophy they really crave after years of underachievement.

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