Copa Del Rey 2013: Barcelona Will Dominate Real Madrid En Route to Spanish Cup

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27:  Lionel Messi (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on January 27, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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It's down to the final four in the 2013 Copa Del Rey, but one club stands out as the favorite to win the Spanish Cup: Barcelona.

Thanks to the outstanding talents of superstar forward Lionel Messi, Barca is undoubtedly poised to win its second consecutive cup.

Messi will enter the match with the Whites coming off a four-goal effort against Osasuna on Sunday, adding to his total of 33 goals in 21 La Liga games.

The last time these two clubs met on Oct. 7, the match ended in a 2-2 draw, as both Messi and Madrid stud Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals apiece.

Prior to that meeting, Barcelona eclipsed Madrid 3-2 on Aug. 23 while the Whites took the match six days later by a score of 2-1.

Despite the relevant success that Ronaldo and Madrid have had against Barca this season, internal issues within the Whites' organization account for much of why Barcelona has the edge entering Wednesday's clash.

According to La Jugada (h/t Yahoo! Sports), goalkeeper Iker Casillas' girlfriend, Sara Carbonero, says manager José Mourinho's communication skills could use some work:

The atmosphere in the dressing room is not exactly good. It's common knowledge that Mourinho does not communicate with his players anymore.

It's never a positive sign to see locker room troubles emerge before the biggest game of the season, but when it involves the coach alienating some of his players, it spells doom for Real Madrid.

These clubs are pretty evenly matched, but with Messi playing lights out and the drama floating around Madrid's locker room, Barcelona has the edge.

Barca leads the La Liga table, owning 58 points and a 19-1-1 record while the Whites sit 15 points behind at 13-4-4.

With arguably the best player to ever grace a soccer field, Barcelona will advance to the Spanish cup over a struggling Madrid club.


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