Real Madrid vs. Barcelona is sure to be one of the best matches of the season on Wednesday, April 16, for the 2014 Copa del Rey Final, and you can watch the live stream online.
What was supposed to be the “clash of the titans” between Cristiano Ronaldo and nemesis Lionel Messi will not be, unfortunately, due to the Portuguese superstar’s hamstring injury, which will sideline him for at least a couple of weeks.
If the Real Madrid Champions League match against Dortmund last week is any indication, Ronaldo will have his hands full on the bench cheering on his teammates and entertaining the crowd with his body language.
— FansAllStar Football (@FASfootball) April 9, 2014
Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti — who officially confirmed that Ronaldo is out for the Copa del Rey final — will be heavily relying on Gareth Bale and Karim Benzama to create scoring opportunities for “Los Blancos.”
On paper, Barcelona should be the favorite in “El Clasico” since Real won’t have Ronaldo on the line-up, but Barca was eliminated from the Champions League semis and lost their last La Liga match against Granada 1-0, within a few days.
Along with the loss on the weekend, Barcelona lost their second place standing to Real Madrid, who are now in the second spot following a comfortable win against Almería 4-0.
Without Ronaldo vs. Messi, all eyes will be on Bale and Benzama as they try to fill the void left by the Portuguese striker, who will surely be their biggest cheerleader.
But those who watch the Real Madrid vs. Barcelona clash live stream in the 2014 Copa del Rey final will be able to see other interesting face-offs.
One of those battles could take place between Real’s right back Daniel Carvajal — who is considered as one of the best at his position — and Barca’s Neymar, who is one of the best young soccer player in the game right now.
While Real Madrid will be challenged without Ronaldo, Ancelotti’s approach is to play their style of football regardless:
“We are not planning the match to block Barcelona but to play it with our own style and personality. Barcelona are still attacking well and we need to have most of the possession tomorrow. To work as a whole is our main goal. That’s what we train for. We are not planning any man-marking on Leo Messi.”
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas — who will attempt to stop Barca’s attack — seconds the sentiment and dismisses excessive concern over Messi:
“I’m not worried about Messi’s form. That’s for Barcelona to deal with, I need to focus and worry about my team.”
You can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final live stream here. Kick off is at 2:30 pm local time.