Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Real comfortable defensively and ruthless on the break | Zonal Marking
Jordi Roura brought in Jose Pinto for Victor Valdes in goal – as always in this competition. The rest of the side was the same as against Milan with both Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta in the side, despite David Villa’s impact against Sevilla at the weekend. Jose Mourinho chose Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos at centre-back, with Pepe on the bench. Gonzalo Higuain, as expected, started upfront.
FC Barcelona-R.Madrid: Out of the cup (1-3) | FC Barcelona
Despite FCB getting a good result in the first leg at the Bernabéu (1-1), the all-whites, spurred on by an early penalty, were highly effective at the back and lethal up front. They made the most of their strongest points, mainly counter attacks and dead ball situations, to go three goals ahead, which meant the game was as good as over with most of the second half left to play.
Roura: "I’m convinced that we will climb out of this dip in form" | FC Barcelona
"I have nothing to reproach the players about tonight. I’m convinced that we will climb out of this dip in form. I think we need to have absolute confidence in this team." He added that his men need to move forward after tonight’s elimination in the Cup and focus on this Saturday’s Clásico.
Cesc: "We have to learn from this and move forward" | FC Barcelona
It’s time to pick up the pieces, recover, rectify and bounce back after this evening’s blow against Real Madrid. This is exactly what Cesc Fàbregas said after the match, who refused to give any excuses for this evening’s defeat. "We have to give more, we have to pick ourselves up, move forward and win on Saturday."
Xavi: Copa del Rey least important trophy - Goal.com
"This was another setback after the loss against AC Milan, but we have to move on. Yes, we miss out on a trophy, but it's the least important one," Xavi told reporters. "We are still in the running for two important titles. We have to return to winning ways against Madrid at the weekend and hold our heads high."
Unwell Messi misses training | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was missing from this morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The Argentinian has gone down with a fever and is feeling generally unwell. The first team doctors went to his home to check up on his condition, and gave him the appropriate medication and told him he should get some rest.
Rosell confirms that he'll travel to New York City to visit Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
Sandro Rosell confirmed that he will travel to New York City this Wednesday to visit with FC Barcelona manager, Tito Vilanova, who is currently undergoing treatment in the U.S. city. "His health is the most important thing. It’s takes priority, it’s more important than tonight’s match or tomorrow’s titles," he declared.
Inside FC Barcelona's dressing room hours before kick off against Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
Barça TV takes you into FC Barcelona's dressing room hours before the decisive showdown with Real Madrid in the semifinal of the Copa del Rey. The Blaugrana come into the match with a very slim advantage after the 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Afellay set for Barcelona return - Goal.com
Reports in Germany have suggested that the 26-year-old has fallen out with Schalke's medical team and has not been seen at the training ground or home matches for some time, and Heldt expressed his regret at the player's insistance on returning to his native country.
Maradona: Pele says stupid things when he takes the wrong pills - Goal.com
"I think I'm the best player ever. Why would you compare me to Pele? My mother said that I'm stronger and that he used to play with players who didn't even move on the pitch," Maradona said at a press conference. "I don't like comparisons with Pele because of the stupid things he says. He keeps on saying stupid stuff when he takes the wrong pills."
Sevilla defender Emir Spahic poised for Anzhi Makhachkala loan | Sky Sports
Sevilla defender Emir Spahic is poised to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal. A statement on Sevilla's official website on Tuesday read: "Emir Spahic left Sevilla FC's training camp in Cartaya this afternoon to travel to Moscow.
Levante striker Obafemi Martins keen on move to Seattle Sounders | Sky Sports
The 27-year-old made an immediate impact at the Ciutat de Valencia, netting the winner on his debut and going on to grab a further eight goals in 22 appearances for the club. Levante are understandably reluctant to let the striker leave, but MLS outfit Seattle are reportedly prepared to match a €3million release clause in his contract.