Girona vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report

Santiago Hernan Solari

As Barca's cup goalkeeper, he was set to start the first leg of the Clasico tie against Madrid at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The two Spanish giants will go head to head on 6 February, with the first leg being held at the Camp Nou.

Then they will make a trip to face their nosy neighbours Atletico Madrid on 9 February, before flying to Amsterdam on 11 February to play the first leg of their Champions League tie against Ajax.

Barcelona director Guillermo Amor said: "Real Madrid are playing well and they will be the Madrid team we always expect - a group of winners that competes for everything, that can give us a scare if we are not ready to work". The defender has played 2,762 minutes this campaign, meaning he has spent more time out on the pitch than any other Real Madrid player. The last time they were beaten over two legs in the tournament was against Real Madrid (1-1, 1-3) in the 2012/13 semi-finals. "We trust our players and we will see what happens".

Barcelona are 10 points clear of Madrid in La Liga and will be favourites to progress but their opponents have found form in recent weeks, winning six of their last seven matches. 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.

The Seville-based club will have an added motivation to reach the final as the title game will be played at their Benito Villamarin stadium on May 25.

Real Madrid's upcoming fixture list does not paint a prettier picture.

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