Madrid Press: Los Blancos ready to finish off job

Madrid Press: Los Blancos ready to finish off job


Tonight sees Real Madrid visit Atletico de Madrid for the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, and the morning papers have plenty of pre-match build up.

Marca and AS both comment on the return of Iker Casillas to the starting line-up for the match, and how the World Cup winner and Spain legend has never lost against Atletico de Madrid when starting in goal. That 25-game unbeaten run stretches back more than 16 years, and it will take something special to see that come to an end tonight.

Los Rojiblancs have been talking up the game, saying anything can happen. Club president Enrique Cererzo told AS that Atletico have been known to put more than three past their city rivals before, while manager Diego Simeone has urged his players to be switched on from the start and try and get an early goal.

But Atletico will be missing a number of first team players, making the task more difficult for them. Goalkeeper Tibaut Courtois is set to miss out altogether, while Godin, Arda, Gabi and Juanfran will start on the bench.

Real welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo, who is available to play in the Copa del Rey despite have two games left to serve of hist three match ban in La Liga. And Karim Benzema will look to continue his good form. Marca runs a focus on him in which it says his 20 goals up to this point this season is the most profitable one for Benzema in a Madrid shirt.