Real Madrid and Barcelona meet for the second time in four days on Saturday, with Barcelona looking to restore pride after a 3-1 humbling in the second-leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal. The clash at the Bernabeu is scheduled to kick-off at 10 a.m. eastern time, with coverage to be provided by beIN Sport.
With Madrid having secured a 4-2 aggregate victory in the week, the action returns to La Liga, but with surely only pride at stake for the victors. Barcelona hold a 16-point lead over third-placed Madrid and already look have the title in the bag.
The history of the rivalry between the sides ensures that, while the result is unlikely to make any difference to the outcome in La Liga, the players involved will be prevented from putting anything other than maximum effort.
Yet, Madrid manager Jose Mourinho may well make changes to his side with a finely poised second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United to come on Tuesday.
It could be a different story for Barcelona, with Tito Vilanova’s side still having 10 days until they try to turn around a 2-0 fist-leg deficit to Milan in the Champions League. Barcelona’s stuttering form is beginning to become a concern and the match with Madrid would be an ideal opportunity to prove to themselves and show their keenest rivals that they have got their mojo back.
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