The bookmakers have Barcelona as the favourites to beat Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey semi-final. Over two legs, the Catalan club are 2/5 on to go through to the final, and even to win at the Bernabeu tonight they are 6/5 to win, whereas Real Madrid are 2/1, even though they are the home side.
The French striker Karim Benzema disagrees with this, believing that in Clasico matches, anything can happen. He insists that the team are united, ready and have the talent to upset the odds and beat the Catalans at the Bernabeu tonight. The stadium will be full of raucous Madrid fans and the players know that this is one of the most important games of the season.
Dismissing any talk of a rift between some players and Jose Mourinho, Benzema spoke of his wish to play more often, but understands that Gonzalo Higuain wants the same and the coach has tough decisions to make for every game. The Frenchman feels that Cristiano Ronaldo is in top form and will be the difference between the sides tonight. He says that, for Madrid, Ronaldo is better than Messi. The rivalry between the two players adds an extra dimension to a game that is already huge.