Madrid seeks to delve into Barça’s wound to play the final

The culés face a new challenge, against a Madrid they have always won, after losing the ‘Champions’


Women’s FC Barcelona and women’s Real Madrid face each other again this season in which they already know them by heart in the semifinal of the Copa de la Reina, which is played in a final four format in Alcorcón, with a new opportunity for White to win against some Catalans who, despite arriving touched after losing the ‘Champions’, have defeated them in the previous five games this season.

Sixth night for Barça and Madrid, with five victories for the Blaugrana after the two days of the Primera Iberdrola (1-3 and 5-0), the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup (1-0) and the quarter-final tie of the Women’s Champions League (1-3 and 5-2). Defeats that they want to bury in a Madrid that is improved and closer to the rival.

The truth is that Jonatan Giráldez’s Barça has found it harder and harder to beat Alberto Toril’s Madrid, despite the final results. And this is a new opportunity for, before a Barça depleted and touched after not being able to revalidate the ‘Champions’ against an Olympique de Lyon that was much superior (1-3), try to make the sixth one the good one.

Barça, however, has sought to change chip to leave the pain isolated, buried in the Juventus Stadium in Turin. “We have a new challenge that is just as important. We are playing for a title. You don’t have time to go through the duel, nor room for improvement because you need to do it perfectly,” Giráldez assured in the first leg.

In addition, the Blaugrana coach loses Melanie Serrano for this Copa de la Reina, with discomfort in her right knee that will prevent her from saying goodbye on the green after announcing her retirement this season, and also Caroline Graham Hansen, with an injury to her right foot.

But if Barça unsuccessfully sought a ‘vendetta’ against Lyon (they had beaten the Catalans in their first ‘Champions’ final in 2019), now it is Madrid who are looking for a fivefold revenge this season.

“We know the level and the difficulty that the rival has, but we have played with them five times and we have been learning. Each game there have been different proposals, we try to study them and hurt them in the weak points they might have. I think we are trained and that we have our tools to beat them,” Toril said on Tuesday.

Expect a cup final after a competition that is leaving good feelings on both sides. Barça is planted in this final four after previously eliminating Real Sociedad (0-3) and Rayo Vallecano (1-3), while Real Madrid beat Alhama CF (0-3) and Levante (1-3 ). Similar numbers that they will have to oppose in the sixth pulse of the season in the Clásico butler.



FC BARCELONA: Sandra Paños; Marta Torrejón, Irene Paredes, Mapi León, Fridolina Rolfö; Patri Guijarro, Aitana Bonmatí, Alexia Putellas; Lieke Martens, Jenni Hermoso and Mariona Caldentey.

REAL MADRID CF: Misa Rodríguez; Athenea del Castillo, Ivana Andrés, B. Peter, Rocío Gálvez, Olga Carmona; Teresa Abelleira, Maite Oroz, Esther González, Claudia Zornoza; and Kosovare Asllani.

–REFEREE: Huerta De Aza (C. Tenerife).

–STADIUM: Municipal Stadium of Santo Domingo, Alcorcón.

–TIME: 9:00 p.m./Telesport.