Isco will make his first start under new Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari and captain the side against Melilla on Thursday, according to Marca.
Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted he ‘never enjoys’ the opening round of the Copa del Rey and believes the tie is ‘still open’.
Diego Simeone praised the impact of match-winner Gelson Martins following Atletico Madrid’s victory at San Andreu.
Barcelona back-up goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen wants the Copa del Rey format to remain the same and ‘will not complain’ over lack of playing time.
Copa del Rey holders Barcelona will kickstart their defence of the title against Segunda Division B side Cultural y Leonesa.
The 2018-19 Copa del Rey final still does not have a date, despite a two-hour meeting between the Spanish FA, La Liga and the Sports Council.
La Liga President Javier Tebas and Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales are to attend a meeting to set the date for the Copa del Rey final.
The format of the Copa del Rey will change from the 2019-20 onwards with fewer matches, it has been reported in Spain.
Carles Puyol believes it is time Barcelona ‘deprioritised’ the Copa del Rey for the Champions League but insists they remain ‘better’ than Real Madrid.
Barcelona celebrated their domestic double as they paraded their La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies through the city on Monday.
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