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Copa del Rey El-Clasico: Things we learnt from both teams

Copa Del Rey By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 07/02/2019

The first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals El-Clasico at the Camp Nou ended 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening but we could easily deduce on the following.

Nelson Semedo ends the debate between him and Sergi Roberto at the full-back, the Portuguese defender has been struggling to win the heart of Ernesto Valverde, the coach has always rotated the slot between these two players.

Samedo was impressive in the clash against Real Madrid, he was busy throughout the time Vinicius spent on the pitch, he was always available to check the Brazilian forward.

Malcom is gradually stepping up his game and it was clearly noticed as he torments Real Madrid until he got the goal for Barcelona, he justified his selection for the big match, though he missed some couple of chances his performance against Los Blancos is a morale-boosting for the Brazilian and he would be looking forward to more opportunity to prove his worth.

Coutinho is yet to perform at his best, the attacking midfielder is yet to regain his form as he struggles to be at par with his fellow teammates.

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The former Liverpool midfielder still lacks some sharpness and he was guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous areas and offered very little going forward.

Coutinho has shown glimpses of form in recent games but this was a backwards step, and he can expect to return to the bench when Ousmane Dembele is fit and available.

Gerard Pique still has what it takes to perform at the top flight, though he suffered a lot of criticism at the start of the season for his poor performance but as the season progresses he discovered his form and he was one of the best players against Real Madrid.

Real Madrid is gradually moving away from the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era as they now realise they face to face reality and produce the goals that would win the team matches and laurels.

Karim Benzema has stepped up and he now looked dangerous in the box and we can equally see the stamina he exhibits when on goal move and as usual he makes the forward play well it was evident in his two key passes to Lucas Vazquez and Gareth Bale, the former converted his, but the former was unable to utilise the pass to give Real Madrid the victory.

Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari shows fate in Vinicius and the young talent has justified his selection with his performance he helped in the build-up to Real Madrid goal.

Vinicius is gradually making a wave at the Santiago Bernabeu and Real Madrid fans are always willing to see the young prodigy play more games.

Marcelo is yet to return to fitness, Solari complained of him being overweight and the Brazilian defender has not done more help his situation, he looks rusty in the clash against the Catalans.

Keylor Navas was solid and he needs to be offered more playing time aside just cup games, captain Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane remained Real Madrid key players at the defence, Real Madrid need to be on the look-out for adequate cover-up in a bid to limit their playing time to avoid burn-out as the season reaches the peak when titles are won.
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