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"They were better in possession, we had to stay together and counter where we could".

On Wednesday Barca visited the Bernabeu and were 3-0 winners in the Copa del Rey semi final, getting through to yet another final.

The meeting at the Bernabeu marks the first of two meetings between the clubs in four days, as Real Madrid will host Barcelona again on Saturday in a La Liga match. "We created many chances but couldn't score". We don't know if it was Carvajal or Suarez who, involuntarily, injured his knee during the second goal.

Real coach Santiago Solari, meanwhile, said his side are over the Cup defeat, and called for his players to be less wasteful.

Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid's title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade.

Bale refused to budge and despite another season peppered by persistent injuries, he went on to score twice from the bench in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

"Coming here recently we've been picking up good results and we're in another final. They hurt us when they had their chance".

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Midfielder Isco is available after recovering from a back injury, but the Spain global is yet to start a league game since Solari's appointment as boss in November.

"They both seem far away but they are not", said Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.

Ernesto Valverde's side will now face Valencia or Real Betis, currently tied 2-2 on aggregate following their first leg, in the final on May 25 in Sevilla. "It's down to him and to those of us around him to make sure he improves in every way he can".

"We had various opportunities today, in the first and second half.

We've got the league game here as well and we know that we can't relax because of that". Football is about goals, being ruthless, and taking your chances, and they did that. They didn't take their chances in the first half but we took ours later.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is the only notable absentee from the Barcelona squad named by Valverde for Saturday's trip to the capital. "We'll approach the game with the same desire and the same spirit as the previous one, and we'll look to improve on what we can and keep doing what we did well".


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