Barcelona's Pique: Six straight Copa del Rey finals hard to do again

"We had all those chances and if we had scored them we might have made it to the final".

Luis Suarez opened things up on 50 minutes before a Raphael Varane own-goal in the 69th cemented the Catalan side's position (nice).

Real are now nine points behind their fierce rivals in La Liga but do have a chance to close the gap on Saturday when the pair meet in the league.

Former Real Madrid and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he believes in the capacity of Santiago Solari to manage Real Madrid, adding that that "he has been doing well since the beginning".

Barca, who lost first leg games to Levante and Sevilla in the Cup and drew 1-1 with Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final, booked their place in the final at the Benito Villamarin stadium, the home of Real Betis, on May 25. "We had a lot of energy and we created a lot of chances, but we didn't score from them". They scored with their first shot on goal, and then with their second shot on goal. "You can't always play well, but we're getting results and we hope to get another good result in the next Clasico".

It is being reported by media outlets such as ESPN, that alleged racist insults were directed by Real Madrid fans towards Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele. Their mediocre season is being attributed to the departure of their talismanic No.7, Cristiano Ronaldo.

"We had chances in the first half but also in the second too when the score was 1-0".

Although Reguilon caught the eye and Vinicius occasionally dazzled, the biggest difference-maker from an attacking point of view was Ousmane Dembele, who broke free of the Madrid defence to deliver two flawless assists and sentence the tie for good. It was once again a counter attack as the Uruguyuan Luis Suarez was brought down by Casemiro in the penalty box.

Worst of all for Madrid, La Liga leaders Barca will be back at the Bernabeu once again on Saturday for a league fixture which, should they win again, would see them move 12 points clear of their arch rivals.

The Wales global was cleared to play after he escaped punishment for his celebration in the 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid this month.

Gareth Bale will not be banned for a "provocative" gesture he made after scoring for Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid earlier this month.

  • Angelo Rivera