The Copa del Rey is rarely the attention of the world’s focus. As it served up the first non-La Liga Clasico outside the Super Cup since the 2014 final though, it was the game to watch on Wednesday evening as Real Madrid travelled to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona.
Santiago Solari’s side got off to a dream start as a lofted ball across the box was brought down by Karim Benzema and teed up perfectly for Lucas Vazquez to flick home. As the game went on, Barcelona became more comfortable and eventually got their equaliser through Malcom. The Brazilian capitalised after Jordi Alba broke Real Madrid’s back line and was hauled down by Keylor Navas, with Malcom taking up the rebound after Luis Suarez had hit the post.
Here, our tactical analysis will use statistics to identify what key points Real Madrid can take from the game as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Barcelona.
A start like a rocket
Real Madrid started this game like the team full of confidence that they have proven to be in recent weeks. Pressing high and with a free flowing passing game, they kept the ball moving as Barcelona’s play looked disjointed and clumsy in the early stages. It was no surprise that they managed to get on the scoresheet as early as six minutes in.
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