2018/19 semi-final ties to be decided

Santiago Hernan Solari

After a dashed entertaining quarter-final stage - whose four ties produced no fewer than 30 goals - we've now been left with a thoroughly enticing line-up in the semis: Real Betis, Real Madrid, Valencia and holders Barcelona.

Another Clasico takes place before both those ties, with the semi-final first leg taking place at the Nou Camp on February 6.

The two teams will only have three days to recover before they face each other again when Madrid host Barcelona in La Liga on March 2.

Real Madrid had a more comfortable path to the last four, beating Girona 4-2 at home and winning 3-1 away for a 7-3 aggregate win.

Barca hit back from a 2-0 first leg deficit and thrashed Sevilla 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the last four of the Copa for the ninth year in a row. It's thrilling and more so, if you have the fortune to play for a final.


Suarez said: "We are all very happy, [Valverde] has a lot of confidence in the players, there is confidence that they speak in game situations and he is willing to listen to the players".

"We trust our players but obviously this is one of the greatest games in the world today".

Madrid, who trail leaders Barcelona by 10 points in La Liga, have not won the Copa since the 2013-14 campaign.

Real Betis meanwhile were drawn against Valencia on the other side of the draw, giving the Andalusians a real opportunity of reaching the final which is being played at their own Benito Villamarín Stadium.

The draw also sees Madrid faced with a daunting gauntlet of matches during the first two weeks of February across three competitions.

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