Copa del Rey final: Real Madrid v Barcelona
Wednesday 20 April 2011
Tonight's Copa del Rey final will be the second of four Clasico's between Barcelona and Real Madrid to take place within eighteen days and presents the two clubs with their first opportunity to get their hands on some silverware this season.
With Barcelona all but clinching La Liga with a 1-1 draw at The Bernabeu last weekend, pressure is mounting on Jose Mourinho's side for a cup victory. The 'Special One' has never had a complete season in management without winning a major trophy and would not wish to start now - a ruthless record shows no Madrid manager has remained in the hot-seat without winning anything in a season for 28 years, since club legend Alfredo di Stéfano failed to win anything in his first spell in 1982/83.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have changed their manager just once since 2003 and this continuity has had clear benefits: they are now considered the best club side in the world and are subsequently regarded as favourites for tonight, having not lost to Madrid in the last six meetings.
With the demand for success and bragging rights at an all time high, we take a look at Barcelona's and Real Madrid's record in the Copa del Rey ahead of tonight's final.
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