The president made an appearance in the Fan Zone in Valencia, where he was welcomed by more than one thousand Madrid fans. As soon as he arrived in Valencia, having greeted the players in their hotel, Florentino Pérez visited the Fan Zone, where he was welcomed by over a thousand Real Madrid fans: “It is not possible to have better fans than Real Madrid's. I would just like to say to you that over 112 years this club has become what it is thanks to its fans". "I hope your behaviour is exemplary throughout the match so that Real Madrid can continue to be known for its sportsmanship and fairplay. I will be with you, shouting: Hala Madrid!”.
“The team is ready, it is looking solid and consistent and there is always more confidence in our chances coming of the back of good results”, stated the captain.
Iker Casillas had the following to say about the final: “The side have had a great Copa and we want to put the icing on the cake in Valencia. It will be a vibrant game, with great players and we are confident that we can win and in our way of playing. We believe that we can do it”.
“The job that the side has to do is what we've been doing all season. Eight months ago we wanted to be in the fight for every title and we are on the right lines. We are in a final, a Champions League semi-final and in the league we will fight until the end to win it. Now the focus is on this final, we are approaching it with the same desire we have had so far”.
Absentees for Real Madrid “It's not just Ronaldo, but all the players who aren't available: Jesé, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Cristiano... But it's not worth thinking about those who can't play, we must think about those who can and those who the boss thinks are the most suitable and the best team to win the title. It would be great if we could have the whole squad, but because of the issue with the schedule, injuries take their toll at certain points of the season and that is what is happening to us now”.
The cup win in 2011 “I remember it as a vibrant and attractive game, and a very passionate one with two sides battling it out for the title. We had a tough season with a defeat in the Camp Nou and it spurred us on to win the Copa. It was a great game and I would not change a thing. Everyone enjoyed the match and celebrated it”.
WE HAVE TO FORGET ABOUT WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE AND ONLY FOCUS ON THE FINAL.
“Personally I'm not buying into Barcelona's last week, despite the defeats in La Liga and the Champions League. Things are different for both sides, and anything can happen in a final. We are on a good run and we're trying to get back into the fight for the league, but that has nothing to do with tomorrow”.
Confidence for the final “The side is ready. Maybe we didn't have good results against big sides and at key moments, but the league is a tournament in which you play 19 other sides. The side is solid”.
Mateu Lahoz “He's a good referee, I've always thought so, he does things his way and his style is different, he is a ref who lets you play. I have nothing to say about referees and I'm not going to make negative comments, quite the opposite. I am not going to fight the same war every year”.
Headlines “I don't like to hog the headlines. But I understand that being at Real Madrid means you are a point of opinion and you have to cope with it. I'm not complaining. I don't like it and it would be great if everything went well tomorrow and all the Madrid fans and the whole team were on the front pages. I think we deserve that headline for the season we're having”.
The oppositions' performances “I'm not going to worry about how Messi is playing. I'm worried about my own men, which is the most important thing. There is no need for us to worry about our rivals (...) the gaffer is approaching the match to win it. We cannot speculate or look back thinking that we have lost the league. It's a different match and what we and the gaffer have to do is approach it so that what happens tomorrow benefits Madrid”.
His statements regarding Busquets “I already spoke about that the other day. I'm not going to get into it again. If I said something the other day, I don't care if someone has responded. I'm not going to add fuel to the fire and create more debate”.
The team go to the Mestalla after six wins and a draw. Olímpic de Xàtiva, Osasuna, Espanyol and Atlético de Madrid are the sides that Real Madrid have left behind in their run to their third Copa del Rey final in four years. The Whites are the side who have made it to the most finals, 39 including this year, and go into the game at the Mestalla having scored 13 times without conceding in the tournament. Fourth Round: Real Madrid - Olímpic de Xàtiva (2-0) The Whites started their campaign against the Valencian side, who play in Group III of the Segunda B. The first leg was played at La Murta on artificial grass, and finished 0-0. In the return leg, Real Madrid made it through to the next round with few problems, winning 2-0 with goals from Illarra and Di María. Fifth Round: Real Madrid - Osasuna (4-0) The Bernabéu witnessed The Whites take hold of the tie. Goals from Benzema and Jesé made progression easier before the visit to the always difficult El Sadar. There, Ancelotti’s men also won 0-2 (Ronaldo and Di María). Quarterfinals: Real Madrid - Espanyol (2-0) The side went to the Cornellá-El Prat in the first leg and it was decided by good football and great defensive work. In the first half Madrid enjoyed the best chance and Benzema put them ahead. The Whites defended their lead in the second half, when the home side pushed on (0-1). At home, it was Jesé who sealed the win with a nice goal (1-0). Semi-finals: Real Madrid - Atlético de Madrid (5-0) First and second in the league faced off in the more attractive, and difficult, of the two semi-finals. The Whites held the first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu and downed the visitors in a terrific game (3-0), goals from Pepe, Jesé and Di María effectively meant the tie was over. In the second leg, a double from Cristiano Ronaldo in the first 20 minutes sealed the side’s place in the final.
The Valencian stadium becomes the second most used venue for the final. Real Madrid will battle it out for the cup in the Mestalla for the sixth time in its history. It is now a well-known arena for the Whites and the second most used stadium for the final of the competition. The first is the Santiago Bernabéu, having played host to nine finals. Until now, the Mestalla was level with Montjuïc with five finals each. Real Madrid has lifted the cup three times in the stadium in Valencia. The first came in 1936, when they beat Barcelona 2-1 with goals from Eugenio and Lecue. Interestingly, the last two Copa del Reys in the Whites' trophy room were won in the Mestalla; in 1993 with a 2-0 win over Zaragoza, and in 2011 against Barcelona thanks to an unforgettable goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. The other two finals played at the venue were in 1929 and 1990.
Real Madrid and Barcelona will battle it out for thefirst title of the year in the Mestalla with the 2011 final fresh on their minds.
The same opponent, the same setting and a memory that is fresh in the minds of the Madrid fans. There are a lot of similarities with the 2011 final, which for most was the best in history, and Real Madrid will be bidding for the same outcome.
They are not lacking motivation. “We hope everyone else is as excited as the team”, stated Ancelotti. The results obtained by the two teams in their last league games will provide extra hope for fans who know that their team is the only one in Spain who could win all three titles this season. To reach the final, the Whites left Olímpic de Xàtiva, Osasuna, Espanyol and Atlético de Madrid in their wake.
MADRID'S CUP CAMPAIGN IS A CLEAR STATEMENT OF SUPERIORITY: SEVEN VICTORIES AND ONE DRAW, 13 GOALS SCORED AND NONE CONCEDED.
The statistics are a reflection of the balance they have demonstrated in the tournament, in which they have made history by reaching the match that will decide the first title of the year unbeaten.
Significant absentees for Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo, Jesé, Arbeloa, Marcelo and Khedira; Ancelotti will have to make do without these five players today and they have not travelled to Valencia with the 20-man squad. On the other hand, Ramos, who was unable to play against Almería, is back. Despite the importance of these absentees, Casillas warned of the intentions of the team he captains: “It's not worth thinking about those who can't play, we must think about winning with those who can”.
For Barcelona, whose route to the final passed through Cartagena, Getafe, Levante and Real Sociedad, Martino has called up 24 players, everyone except Valdés, who did not make the trip on the advice of the medical team.
A final to break the deadlock Real Madrid and Barcelona have met six times in the final of the Copadel Rey and the balance of wins could not be closer; each team has lifted the trophy on three occasions. Today's match will break that deadlock, as the Madrid players noted after the clash with Almería, “our fans will raise the roof” to make it so.
After his goal against Almería, the Argentine has 10 so far in the campaign. Di María opened the scoring against Almería. The Argentine scored his tenth goal of the season against the Andalusian side. It is his best goal-scoring record in the four years he has played for Madrid. He goes past the nine he scored in the 2010/11 season, his first in Spain. Di Maria is proving to be more accurate on goal than ever so far this season. To date, he has scored four goals in the Liga, three in the Champions League and three in the Copa. He also has the highest number of assists in the team with 17.
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