Madrid Press: Los Blancos gear up for Copa del Rey final

Madrid Press: Los Blancos gear up for Copa del Rey final


There are just two days to go now until the Copa del Rey final and both Barcelona and Real Madrid are in their final preparations for the match.

Marca and AS have plenty of coverage surrounding the much anticipated clash. Each club will have 20,000 supporters in the stadium in Valencia, while many more are expected t travel in search of finding tickets at the last minute. According to AS, some tickets are being sold on the black market for up to 2600 euros – more than 10 times their face value.

In terms of team news, Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti will welcome back Daniel Carvajal and Xabi Alonso from suspension, while Sergio Ramos will be fit after sitting out the win over Almeria through injury. In more welcome news, Sami Khedira has joined training again with his teammates, although the Copa del Rey final will come too soon.

Marca and AS have plenty of news about Real’s rivals for the match, and it would appear Barcelona are in somewhat disarray. According to the press, they face a defensive crisis, with Gerard Pique and Marc Bartra set to lose the race against time to be fit to make the starting 11. It would mean the prospect of having Alex Song and Javier Mascherano as the two centre backs, both of whom looking unconvincing at best in the loss to Granada.