‘Clasico semi is like a final’

Javier Mascherano has claimed that Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid is 'like a final'.

The Blaugrana play the capital club in the second-leg of the cup clash, and the Argentine defender has admitted it is a huge game, whilst also commenting on Jordi Roura's complaint that they are letting in too many goals.

“We have to go into the match looking at the positives,” he told Canal Plus. “We are first in the League and do not have to go crazy.

“On Tuesday we have, what for us is, a final. Madrid are a great opponent, but we have to finish the job.

“[Defending] is something we have to improve on. All the precautions are in place not to conceded goals, but at this level it is sometimes very difficult.”

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