Barcelona will host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of Copa del Rey
Atletico Madrid goes to Barcelona on Wednesday, 8 Feb 2017, in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. The second leg kicks off on Wednesday at 1:30 am IST. The game will be played at the Camp Nou, Barcelona. The match will not be telecasted in India, however, Indian fans can catch it live on telecast channel, Radio Barca.
Barca will have the advantage as they won the first leg 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon but Neymar shown his third yellow card of the competition in that match and he will miss today’s match due to suspension. With Luis Suarez and Leo Messi leading the line for Luis Enrique’s side, Atletico boss Diego Simeone will need to cook up another master plan if he is to reach the final.
Ahead of the game, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said: “They need to win and score at least twice, so we may see an Atletico who take more risks. My players are experts in big games.”
On the other hand, Atletico boss Diego Simeone insisted his side needed to appreciate the magnitude of the task ahead of them as they look to overturn the first-leg deficit and reach their first final since they beat city rivals Real in 2013.
This has been a poor season for Atletico by their recent standards. The 2-0 win against Leganes at home last weekend is Atletico Madrid’s first in five matches in all competitions. They lost one and drew three during the period.