On Wednesday evening, the El Clasico match between Real Madrid and its main rival Barcelona took place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
At the Spotify Camp Nou stadium, the stronghold of the Catalan club, the second leg against its counterparts, the Beze team, was observed, which ended with a score of four goals without a response in favor of the guests.
Goals scored for Real Madrid, hat-tricks by Vinicius Junior (one goal) and Karim Benzema (three goals) against Catalan goalkeeper Ter Stegen.
As a result, the owners of the Santiago Bernabeu Castle advanced to the final match of the 2022-2023 Copa del Rey to meet their counterpart Osasuna, who in turn booked her place in the final confrontation.
Ancelotti praises Real Madrid players after defeating Barcelona in the Copa del Rey
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke at the post-match press conference: “It was a perfect match and also a 4-0 win. At first we fought and fought. The first goal changed the dynamic and we did a lot of damage on the rebounds.”
And he added: “Camavinga is still very young, he is going through a very good moment, whether he is a defensive player or a full-back. He is used to these positions. Ravenya faced very well. He played the perfect match.”
And he added: “Cruz and Modric? Experience is very important, I tried to mix energy and experience, which is very important in these matches. They both had a great match.”
He continued, “Fight Osasuna in the final? I joked with their coach (when he said they would face each other in the final) but it’s true. We are happy to play the final against Osasuna, the atmosphere will be very pleasant. We have benefited from the experience gained in the last two Clasico matches.”
He added: “The work he did during the break helped Karim Benzema a lot. He recovered to his ideal state and without a doubt made a difference.”
And he added: “Celebration at the Camp Nou stadium? We didn’t celebrate because we celebrated in the locker room. It was an important challenge and we look forward to celebrating it again in the cup final.”
He emphasized: “Vinicius? There were nerves during the match. It can happen in all important matches. I took him off because it made no sense for him to stay on the field, if he gets another yellow card, he will miss the final. I preferred to avoid risks.
And he continued: “I’m proud of the return of the team to the highest level.”
“I am very happy to coach a great team and a great club,” the Italian coach confirmed.
Second Ballon d’Or for Karim? He said: “At the moment he is still one of the best players in the world. If it’s true, it will matter.”
And he continued: “Kamavinga? I still see him play on the left flank only in an emergency, but he does it very well. I know he can play in midfield as an option.
He concluded: “In the last two matches against Barcelona we lost and the result did not affect our confidence and feelings. The approach was the same and it never changed.”