BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Cristiano Ronaldo returns for Real Madrid, while Xavi and Cesc Fabregas are amongst the starters for Barcelona in tonight’s Copa Del Rey semi-final second leg clash at Camp Nou.
Both teams played to a 1-1 draw in the opening leg in Madrid.
Víctor Valdes has been dropped to the bench, with Jose Pinto surprisingly getting the starting place tonight. Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba make up the backline for Barcelona.
Pedro starts alongside Lionel Messi and Fábregas, with striker David Villa back on the bench, despite scoring in La Liga over the weekend.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, returns to the starting XI for Real Madrid after resting the opening 45 minutes at the weekend.
Karim Benzema is fit again, but starts on the bench, with Gonzalo Higuaín starting. Mesut Ozil, Fábio Coentrão, Xabi Alonso and Raphaël Varane all start tonight for Real Madrid in what is expected to be a very exciting Copa Del Rey semi-final contest.
Luka Modric, Kaka and Michael Essien are all on the bench.
Barcelona v Real Madrid Starting Teams
Barcelona Team: 13 Pinto 2 Dani Alves 3 Piqué 5 Puyol 18 Jordi Alba 6 Xavi 16 Busquets 4 Fábregas 17 Pedro 10 Messi 8 Iniesta.
Subs: 1 Víctor Valdés 7 Villa 11 Thiago 14 Mascherano 21 Adriano 25 Alex Song 37 Tello
Real Madrid Team: 25 Diego López 17 Arbeloa 2 Varane 4 Sergio Ramos 5 Fábio Coentrão 6 Khedira 14 Xabi Alonso 22 Di María 10 Özil 7 Cristiano Ronaldo 20 Higuaín
Subs: 3 Pepe 8 Kaká 9 Benzema 13 Adán 15 Essien 19 Modric 21 Callejón