There is all to play for in the second leg of the Copa del Rey between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
In the first leg at the Camp Nou, Lucas Vazquez broke the deadlock for the away side.
Despite Real Madrid being the better team, Barcelona levelled in the second half through Malcom.
That’s how the first leg finished, meaning Los Blancos will have a slight advantage going into the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
One of the standout performers in the game at the Camp Nou was Vinicius Junior.
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In the first leg, it was his good work that led to Vazquez’s opening goal and he proved to be a constant menace throughout.
He was replaced by Gareth Bale in the 63rd minute and after that substitution Madrid’s threat in attack decreased.
AS state that Valverde took note of the young Brazilian in the first leg and has continued to analyse Madrid in their subsequent game.
Going into the second leg, it has been reported that Ernesto Valverde’s game plan revolves around stopping Vinicius.
He’s been impressed with what he has seen and, in the second leg, he intends to set his side up to appear as a 4-3-3 but, in fact, to play with a 4-4-2 with Sergi Roberto helping Semedo with Vinicius.
Semedo has also been instructed to force the Brazilian out wide rather than letting him cut inside on his stronger right foot.
They add Barcelona’s intention is to defend the right flank and instead focus their attacks down the left.
The Daily Mail have reinforced the report from AS, saying: “Ernesto Valverde is so concerned about the threat of Vinicius he could even double up full-backs on the right side of his team to cope with the Brazilian’s raids down the left.”
That’s a good idea from Valverde.
Vinicius was Real Madrid’s beat player in the first leg, meaning he should be doing all he can to limit his influence.
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